Since the 1990s, over 850,000 tons of talc have been consumed annually in the United States. Of those 850,000 tons, 48,000 were used in direct consumer applications, including cosmetic products, pharmaceuticals, and even food products. Talcum powder, associated with certain types of cancer, has been a major problem for consumers. But what is talc and why exactly is it dangerous? The answer lies in where it comes from and what it’s truly made of.
What is Talc?
Talc is a fine-grained white, greenish, or gray mineral that has a soapy feel. It is used in talcum and face powders, as a paper coating and as a filler for paints and plastics. The problem with talc arises from its composition and where the talc is mined.