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Talc's connection with asbestos

Now, it’s important to know that asbestos is associated with talc deposits. Talc is obtained through mining mineral deposits, which are often inter-mingled with deposits of a type of asbestos, a known carcinogen.

Asbestos can cause ovarian and urinary tumors in addition to the well-known lung condition, mesothelioma.

In 2006, the International Agency for Research “classified talcum powder as a possible human carcinogen". The FDA “asks manufacturers to take steps to avoid contamination with asbestos.” To prevent contamination of talc with asbestos, it is essential for the mining companies to select talc mining sites carefully and take steps to purify the ore sufficiently.

Ironically, asbestos is not banned in the United States, although it’s no longer mined in the states. The U.S. still legally imports, uses, and sells both raw asbestos and products made with it.