The final screening assessment of talc concludes that it is harmful to human health - infographic

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Published: 2021-04-22

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

  • baby powder
  • body powder
  • loose face 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
  • bubble bath

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.

The Government of Canada will take action to help manage the risks identified.

For more information, please visit and search for talc.

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