Asbestos in Talcum Powder

Talc & Mesothelioma

Many people are familiar with the mesothelioma risks inherent in asbestos, a substance commonly found in materials such as insulation, brake pads, and other industrial items. Lesser known, but equally dangerous, is the asbestos sometimes found in talc products. Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer most commonly found in the lining of the lungs. Talc, a mineral known for its soft, absorbent qualities, is commonly used in products such as baby powder, cosmetics, deodorant, and industrial materials.

Cross Contamination

Both talc and asbestos naturally occur in similar environments, and many mining sites contain both minerals in proximity to one another. Because the minerals are both fine and easily become airborne, mining practices can result in cross-contamination between talc and asbestos. This is a dangerous possibility for anyone working in proximity to talc products in their workplace or at home, as asbestos-contaminated talc has been linked to mesothelioma. When inhaled, asbestos has the potential to cause the disease decades after initial exposure.

For individuals facing a mesothelioma diagnosis following asbestos exposure, Vogelzang Law can help. Our team has the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully litigate on behalf of those harmed by talc.

Talc in the News

In recent years, several lawsuits have addressed the alleged link between asbestos-contaminated talc and mesothelioma. Most notably, Johnson & Johnson made headlines as the company faced a $4 billion verdict in a case that alleged a connection between their talc products — notable baby powder —  and mesothelioma.

Who’s at Risk

While asbestos exposure is most commonly associated with occupations such as bricklayers, pipefitters, insulators, construction workers, and more, asbestos-contaminated talc can be found in a variety of other locations. Anyone who has used talc products could be at risk, regardless of the location of exposure.

Industrial talc has been used in products such as ceramic glazes and clays, plastics, roofing, flooring, paints, adhesives, and more. For this reason, there are several occupations that may have used talc products in the workplace. Among them are roofers, ceramicists, and other industrial workers handling certain products.

In the home, talc is commonly found in products like cosmetics and other personal care items like body powders or deodorants. Even those who have not worked directly with talc may face exposure in the home, which can be equally dangerous.


  • Talc-based body powders
  • Talc-based baby powders
  • Talc sprays
  • Some cosmetics
  • Industrial talc (ceramics, plastics, paper, roofing, flooring, rubber, crayons, animal feeds, paints, and adhesives)
  • Medications (tablets)


Several brands are facing litigation following allegations of contaminated talc. Some of these brands include the following:

  • Bauer & Black Baby Talc
  • Cashmere Bouquet Body Talc
  • Coty Airspun Face Powder
  • Desert Flower Dusting Powder
  • English Leather After Shave Talc
  • Faberge Brut Talc
  • Friendship Garden Talcum Powder
  • Kings Men After Shave Talc
  • Old Spice After Shave Talc
  • Pinaud Clubman Talc Powder
  • Rosemary Talc
  • ZBT Baby Powder


At Vogelzang Law, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to successfully litigate a mesothelioma diagnosis following talc exposure. Our team is dedicated to all mesothelioma clients, and is capable of determining when and where asbestos-contaminated talc exposure may have occurred prior to diagnosis. Our experience means that we are capable of quickly identifying the source of exposure and proceeding in the litigation process with ease and efficiency. If you or a loved one is facing a mesothelioma diagnosis after exposure to talc products, please reach out to one of our attorneys.

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