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South Dakota jury ties talc powder to ovarian cancer

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A federal jury in Sioux Falls has found that a woman’s use of Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer.

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The Argus Leader reported the jury said Friday that Johnson & Johnson should warn consumers of the link between ovarian cancer and the use of talc-based body powder for feminine hygiene.

The lawsuit was filed by Sioux Falls resident Deane Berg, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006. The lawsuit claims she used talcum-based products for hygiene purposes for about 30 years.

The jury did not award Berg damages. The jury also did not agree that Johnson & Johnson’s products are defective without a warning label.

Lawyers for Johnson & Johnson declined to comment on the verdict Friday.