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• The New York Times reports that “in what may be the largest award so far in a lawsuit tying ovarian cancer to talcum powder, a Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in damages to a medical receptionist who developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s trademark Johnson’s Baby Powder on her perineum for decades … A spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson, Carol Goodrich, said the company would appeal the verdict handed up by a jury in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County and was preparing for additional trials.”

• In Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reports that Target “has severed ties with the makers of the popular Just Mayo egg-free condiment two months after pulling the product and others over alleged food safety violations. The move comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month closed without further action a review of the plant-based products made by Hampton Creek, a San Francisco-based start-up that sells only vegan foods.”

The story says that Josh Tetrick, co-founder and CEO of Hampton Creek, “said the flap ensued from a ‘fraudulent letter’ and that Target pulled its products on June 22 with little warning. Tetrick said that Target ended their relationship because Hampton Creek went public after the FDA closed its case, violating a vendor communications agreement.”
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