US judges have ordered the pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a deceased woman who claim that her cancer was caused by the talcum powder.

This latest court case representing Jackie Fox of Birmingham, Alabama, was part of a broader claim in the city of St. Louis circuit court involving nearly 60 people.

Before she passed away, the woman had been using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other products containing talcum.

Marvin Salter of Jacksonville, Florida, said his late mother, who was a foster parent, used the brand of talcum powder as a bathroom staple for decades.

The case was part of 1,000 similar cases which resulted in a monetary award.

In May 2009, a coalition of groups called the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics called upon Johnson & Johnson to eliminate questionable ingredients from its baby and adult personal care products.

Following sustained public pressure in 2012, it it eliminated 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, from its product.

Both ingredients are considered ‘probable human carcinogens’.

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