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Judge rules company responsible for death linked to talcum powder 

A jury in the US has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72m (£51m) to the family of a woman who claimed her death was linked to use of the company's Baby Powder talc, the BBC reports.

Jackie Fox from Birmingham, Alabama died of ovarian cancer last year, aged 62, having used the talc for decades.

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Her family argued that the firm knew of talc risks and failed to warn users. J&J denied the claim and is said to be considering an appeal.

The charity Cancer Research UK say that there is no strong link between cancer and talcum powder.

The statement reads:

"For now the evidence is still uncertain. However, even if there is a risk it is likely to be fairly small." 

A company spokeswoman said:

"We have no higher responsibility than the health and safety of consumers, and we are disappointed with the outcome of the trial."

"We sympathise with the plaintiff's family but firmly believe the safety of cosmetic talc is supported by decades of scientific evidence."

Other cases pending

According to the BBC this is the first time damages have been awarded by a US jury over talc claims and that more than 1,000 similar cases are pending. 


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