July 13, 2019
By Rachael Rettner | LiveScience
Fox News – You should always be careful about what you let your dog eat — case in point, a common sugar substitute found in everything from chewing gum to peanut butter can be deadly for man’s best friend, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
This week, the FDA warned pet owners about the dangers of xylitol, a type of sugar alcohol that is sometimes found in sugar-free foods. Although the substance is safe for humans, it can be poisonous for dogs.
Over the last several years, the agency has received reports of dogs being poisoned by eating foods that contain xylitol.
Many of the poisonings occurred when dogs ate sugar-free gum, the FDA said. But xylitol can also be found in other food or consumer products, including sugar-free candy, breath mints, baked goods, sugar-free (or “skinny”) ice cream, toothpaste, cough syrup, and some peanut and nut butters … Read more.
Justice Dept. probing whether J&J lied to public about talcum powder’s cancer risk: report
July 14, 2019
By Dom Calicchio | Fox News
A federal grand jury in Washington is looking into what Johnson & Johnson officials knew about the cancer risks in the company’s Baby Powder-brand talcum powder and other products, according to a report.
The New Jersey-based company is the subject of a U.S. Department of Justice criminal investigation as well as a regulatory probe amid allegations from thousands of cancer patients that J&J products played a role in their illnesses, Bloomberg reported last week.
The company is facing more than 14,000 lawsuits alleging that J&J talc products caused people’s ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, a condition linked to asbestos, the report said.
Meanwhile, a J&J spokeswoman told Bloomberg that the company was “fully cooperating” with the Justice investigation. She also denied that the company’s Baby Powder contains asbestos or causes cancer, and said the company’s position is “supported by decades of independent clinical evidence.” … Read more.
July 12, 2019
By Rachel Sandler, Forbes
Federal authorities have launched a criminal probe into whether pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson lied to the public about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder, Bloomberg reported Friday, escalating a scandal plaguing the company for years as it faces several civil lawsuits from customers who claim that its Baby Powder was responsible for their ovarian cancer.
A grand jury in Washington is looking at documents about whether J&J knew that its talcum powder products, such as its Baby Powder, contained carcinogens, according to Bloomberg.
J&J has been sued more than 13,000 times for failing to inform customers that its talcum powder contained asbestos, which causes a form of cancer called mesothelioma. Read more.