Washington, DC—The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) CEO Linda Lipsen regarding the House of Representatives Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy hearing on Examining Carcinogens in Talc and the Best Methods for Asbestos Detection:
“AAJ commends the Oversight Committee for holding today’s hearing on testing for asbestos in talc. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has known for years that asbestos fibers lurked in its talcum baby powder so they utilized testing methods slightly better than a high school microscope – ensuring that asbestos would never be detected in talc. There’s a better way to test as today’s experts testified and we applaud the committee for taking on the issue of testing which has prolonged the public reckoning of J&J’s carcinogenic baby powder for far too long.
“We are disappointed but not surprised by the lack of respect J&J CEO Alex Gorsky showed by refusing to testify today, and we hope the full committee continues to investigate this issue.”