Johnson and Johnson reportedly knew for decades that its baby powder tested positive for traces of asbestos, according to an investigation by Reuters.
The positive tests have been uncovered as the company is being forced to release memos as part of lawsuits brought by customers claiming the company’s powder gave them cancer.
According to the report, Reuters found that between at least 1971 and the early 2000s, Johnson and Johnson knew that its raw talc and baby powders sometimes tested positive for trace amounts of asbestos.
The report further states that Johnson and Johnson didn’t disclose positive asbestos results in talc when the FDA was considering limits on the toxin in talc.
Earlier this year, Johnson and Johnson was ordered to pay more than $4 billion to customers and their families as part of lawsuit over cancer claims.
You can read the full report from Reuters by clicking here.