Baby powder has become a source of controversy over the past few years. Many users claim that this one time household staple causes cancer. Johnson & Johnson announced today that they will stop selling its talc-based baby powder in the U.S. and Canada.

“Demand for talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in North America has been declining due in large part to changes in consumer habits and fueled by misinformation around the safety of the product and a constant barrage of litigation advertising,” the company said in a statement.

Cornstarch-based baby powder will still be available in North America. Both types of powders will continue to be sold globally where there is significantly higher consumer demand for the product Johnson & Johnson said.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

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