Parents have another reason to check the labels of the products that their pre-tweens and tween children are applying on their faces at popular accessory retailer Claire’s. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed the presence of asbestos in Claire’s makeup products.
One of the reasons why there’s concern over asbestos is because long-term exposure can increase a person’s chances of developing asbestosis -- an inflammatory condition that affects the lungs. Some of the symptoms include shortness of breath and coughing and in some cases can lead to permanent or long-term lung damage, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Three products, Claire's Eye Shadows, Compact Powder and Contour Palette, have tested positive for tremolite asbestos.
The FDA released the following statement following their tests: “Because the 2017 testing was done by third-party laboratories, the agency believed it was important to scientifically confirm that these reports were accurate. That’s why after Claire’s withdrew and Justice recalled suspect products from the market, the FDA began the process of conducting independent tests to determine if some of these products did, in fact, contain asbestos.”
They also noted that their tests “confirmed the presence of asbestos in three of the product samples collected from Claire’s and one of the product samples collected from Justice.”
This isn’t the first time that asbestos has been found in makeup that has been promoted or sold to the tween market. Back in 2017, hints of asbestos were traced in Justice’s Just Shine Shimmer Powder. The teen retailer issued a statement and a nationwide recall at that time.
Consumers that have purchased the makeup products are encouraged to dispose of them immediately. The company has pulled the three makeup products off of its shelves.
According to USA TODAY, Claire’s initially refused the agency’s request to issue a recall, at the time arguing that the agency does not have the authority to mandate a recall. A spokesperson for the company had said at the time that there is no evidence that any of the products sold by Claire’s is unsafe.
Just last year Claire’s announced that the company was planning to file for bankruptcy but bounced back several months later.
Update 03/08: The company's Press Office sent Moms.com the below statement:
"At Claire’s, customer safety is our first priority. Last year, we switched to talc-free manufacturing of our cosmetics. Although some products containing talc were still available in stores, in response to FDA’s concerns about three of our make-up products, we have pulled those items as well as any remaining talc-based inventory, all of which are being destroyed. We will provide a full refund to anyone who returns talc-based products.
We are taking these actions out of an abundance of caution and remain confident that any products purchased at Claire’s are safe. We look forward to working with the Food and Drug Administration to ensure the highest safety standards for all cosmetics."
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