After an investigation, Health Canada has determined that talc — a common ingredient in baby powder, some cosmetics and household products — might be harmful to human health.
The department said that it was considering measures to restrict the use of talc in cosmetics, natural health products and non-prescription drugs.
Specifically, the government is warning that inhaling loose talc powders can damage the lungs. Using products containing talc in the female genital area, like baby powder, diaper creams and bath bombs, is a possible cause of ovarian cancer, the department said.
Health Canada’s draft assessment did not find that ingesting talc in food or drugs or using it in pressed powder cosmetics like eyeshadows and blushes was harmful.
The government is working on a final assessment. If the department confirms its conclusion, it will consider restricting talc’s use.