When you go to the store to buy a product, you generally believe that whatever you’re buying is safe. Of course, some items are naturally more dangerous than others, such as chain-saws and table saws. But these are usually classified as “tools,” rather than average household products. Anything found in your kitchen or bathroom typically falls into the latter category.
This, however, is not to say that there is nothing dangerous in the average American home. Cleaning products, in particular, can be deadly if ingested by an unsuspecting child. For the most part, the dangers in this area are well-documented and adults are aware of how to properly store them. But what about the hidden dangers and the threats that linger in seemingly harmless products? These, believe it or not, may be the greatest threat to your health. One of the more recent incidents involving consumer injury is potential cancer-causing elements allegedly being found in household baby powder.
From 1981 to 2014, Ms. Candace Lewis of Illinois used Johnson & Johnson baby powder for feminine hygiene purposes. On March 27, 2015, Lewis filed a personal injury lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the talc-based powder caused her to develop ovarian cancer.
According to the Madison-St. Clair Record, Lewis and her attorney, James Onder, have used epidemiological studies citing over 20 cases of ovarian cancer associated with the company’s product. They further argue that cornstarch could have been used instead of talc as a safer alternative and allege that Johnson & Johnson marketed their baby powder as a symbol of freshness, cleanliness and purity. Lewis is seeking more than $50,000 from the company to account for her physical injuries related to ovarian cancer.