Friday, March 11, 2016

Johnson & Johnson powder safe for use, says Health D-G

The formulation of talcum powder marketed by Johnson & Johnson in Malaysia meets the requirements under the Guidelines for Control of Cosmetic Products in Malaysia. Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today said talcum powder was made of talc, a naturally occurring mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate. "Talc can be classified into industrial grade and cosmetic/pharmaceutical grade, which is usually more pure and does not contain asbestos – a substance known to cause cancer," he said. In response to the recent report by local and international media, as well as the statement of the Consumers Association of Penang about talc being linked to cancer, Noor Hisham said talc was not listed as a banned ingredient in the formulation of cosmetic products. In fact, he said talc had been used in the formulation of talc-based cosmetic products as it worked well as a moisture absorption agent, lubricating agent, anti-caking and skin softening agent as well as fragrance carrier. Noor Hisham said talc was also widely used in cosmetic products across the globe, including in Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia. So far, he said there was no report made to the Drug Control Authority involving adverse effects of talc found in cosmetic products. He also cited a prospective cohort study by the Women's Health Initiative which found that there was no connection between the use of cosmetic talc and the risk of ovarian cancer. "Any information related to product safety issues will be addressed accordingly and the Health Ministry will take the appropriate regulatory action if necessary. "The ministry will also continue paying attention to any current studies and monitoring the situation for any development," he said. – Bernama, March 11, 2016.]]>

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