Guest
Welcome, Guest

Login/Register

Bookmark Bookmark

Canada report on ‘toxic’ talc worries India

Canada report on ‘toxic’ talc worries India

A risk assessment draft on talc published by Health Canada, the country’s public health department, states that talcum powder is harmful to the lungs when inhaled during breathing and could possibly cause ovarian cancer when used by women in the genital area.

The draft, which was opened for public comments on Saturday, would be confirmed in a final assessment that would entail Canada adding talc to a list of toxic substances if the proposed conclusions are confirmed at the end of a 60-day feedback period.

Why it is a concern for India?

In India, talcum powder is among the most widely known talc-based self-care products. From fighting perspiration and odour, to helping lend the user a ‘fairer’ skin tone, a large number of Indian consumers rely on talcum powder and the market is estimated to be worth about ₹700 crore.

Breathing in products containing talc can lead to coughing, difficulty in breathing, decreased lung function, scarring of the lung tissue,” Health Canada states in the draft assessment. “These effects may get worse over time. Using products containing talc in the genital area may cause ovarian cancer”, the health authority says.

The draft cites research on talc by organisations including the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Johnson & Johnson Case

In July, a U.S. court ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7 billion to 22 women who claimed that they had suffered from cancer as a result of using J&J’s talcum powder. The company is contesting that verdict.

You might be interested:

Canada report on ‘toxic’ talc worries India

Canada report on ‘toxic’ talc worries India A risk assessment draft on talc published by Health Canada, the country’s public health department, states that talcum powder is harmful t ...

12 months ago

TN moves SC for full-time Chairman for Cauvery Authority

TN moves SC for full-time Chairman for Cauvery Authority Tamil Nadu Government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a full-time Chairperson for the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWM ...

12 months ago

34th SAARC Charter Day observed on 8 December

34th SAARC Charter Day observed on 8 December 34th SAARC Charter Day 2018 in India was celebrated on the 8th of December. The leaders of SAARC nations, the high commissioners, ambassadors fr ...

12 months ago

Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon wins Miss World 2018

Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon wins Miss World 2018 The winner of Miss World 2018 is Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce De Leon. Manushi Chhillar who was Miss World 2017, crowned her successor. 118 contes ...

12 months ago

Daily News Digest:08 December 2018

International Year of Millets to be observed in 2023The Council of Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) on December 7, 2018 approved the proposal of Indian Agricultural Ministry to observe Interna ...

12 months ago

Banking Digest, 09 December 2018

National This Ministry of Government of India received the 'SKOCH' Award - Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. International According to the study of 'Global Carbon Project', the world&rs ...

12 months ago

Provide your feedback on this article: