Cancer patients who said the company's talc had asbestos in it sued the company, which stopped using the ingredient in North America in 2020.

Johnson & Johnson will switch from talcum powder to cornstarch in all of the baby powder it sells around the world.

Customers have filed tens of thousands of lawsuits against the company because of the talcum powder.

After recalling some bottles in 2019, the company stopped selling its talc-based baby powder in North America in 2020.

The company will stop selling the product everywhere in 2023, the company said on Thursday. Johnson & Johnson said that it already sells cornstarch-based baby powder in many countries.

Johnson & Johnson has been accused in more than 40,000 lawsuits, many of them from women with ovarian cancer or mesothelioma,

of selling talc baby powder even though they knew it was linked to health risks, such as possible asbestos contamination.

The company said that its decision to switch to cornstarch was part of a constant review of its product line and would help it simplify its offerings and keep up with "changing global trends."

It also restated its position on baby powder's safety: "We stand firmly behind the decades of independent scientific analysis by medical experts around the world that confirms talc-based Johnson's Baby Powder is safe,

does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer." Johnson & Johnson has been selling cornstarch baby powder for many years.

They made the first version of the product in 1980, when consumer advocates worried that talc had traces of asbestos, which is a cancer-causing substance.

When asked how much talc baby powder was still on the market, the company did not answer right away.

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