Q. With reference to talc, consider the following statements;
1.It is the softest known mineral and is mined from underground deposits.
2.It is used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products.
3.Pure talc can cause lung cancer, ovarian cancer and other health conditions.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 1 and 2 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: C
Notes:

Statement 1 is correct: It is the softest known mineral and is mined from underground deposits.

Statement 2 is correct: It is used in a variety of cosmetic and personal care products like baby powder, lipstick, eyeshadow and foundation.

Statement 3 is incorrect: Asbestos, the name for another group of naturally occurring silicate minerals, can also be found near talc deposits.

According to the FDA, there is the potential for contamination of talc with asbestos. Asbestos has been used in construction and manufacturing and is known to cause lung cancer, ovarian cancer, mesothelioma and other health conditions.

Source: Indian Express