The Morhange talc affair was mediatised by television from 1972. The health scandal brought to light issues of consumerism and cosmetic products in France, after baby talcum powder was accidentally contaminated with hexachlorophene. This article presents a diachronic study of the television coverage between 1972 and 1981. Indeed, the coverage and the development of the scandal is taken as a case study in the role and influence that television can have on current affairs.

History, Television, mediatisation, consumption, cosmetics, public health risks, health scandals
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
VIEW Journal
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VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 9, No 18 (2020): Tele(visualizing) Health; 55 - 67

Coulomb, Benjamin. (2020). Television at the Crossroads of the History of Consumption and Health: The Morhange Talc Affair (1972-1981). VIEW Journal, 9(18), 55–67. doi:10.18146/view.223