Talcum powder is made of talc, which is a soft, naturally occurring mineral found underground in clay deposits. Crushed into a fine powder, talc has an absorbent nature that makes it a popular ingredient in beauty and other household products. Talc deposits are found in a variety of countries, most notably China, India, Brazil, France, and even the United States. While great care is taken to eliminate other rock deposits from infiltrating the talc during the mining process, cross-contamination from asbestos is a major risk. Once the talc is mined and crushed, it is sent to a mill where it is ground even more finely. At this point, the talcum powder is ready for inclusion in products such as cosmetics, paper, paint, antiperspirants, and much more.
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