While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to investigate and address concerns related to asbestos and talc, it is still perfectly legal for companies to utilize talcum powder in their products. For cosmetics in the United States, companies are solely responsible for the safety and labeling of their products, and there are no laws mandating that companies must share their safety data with the FDA. However, the FDA does encourage consumers to report adverse effects related to talcum powder cosmetic usage so that they can be investigated. Some talc-based cosmetics that have tested positive for asbestos have been voluntarily recalled by their companies, and the FDA has advised consumers not to use these products.
Due to the increased exposure of the dangers of asbestos and its connection with talcum powder, many consumers are switching to talc-free products, and companies have started to take note. Many now offer talcum powder alternatives in their products to appease consumer demand.