A draft screening assessment of talc proposes that it may be harmful to human health - infographic

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Published: 2018-12-05

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Inhalation of fine particles of talc from loose powder products such as:

  • baby powder
  • body powder
  • face powder
  • foot powder

These products may damage the lungs

Female genitals

Exposure of the female genitals to products containing talc such as:

  • body powder
  • baby powder
  • genital antiperspirants and deodorants
  • diaper and rash creams
  • body wipes
  • bath bombs

These products may cause ovarian cancer

To minimize your exposure to certain products containing talc, you can:

  • Avoid inhaling loose talc powder
  • Avoid female genital exposure to talc
  • Choose a talc-free alternative

If you are still concerned, speak to your doctor or health care provider.

If the final screening assessment confirms that talc is harmful to human health, the Government of Canada will take action to manage the risks identified.

For more information, please visit Canada.ca/Health and search for talc.

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