Tween makeup contains asbestos, study finds

17 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px Talc mutnikSVK01 100x100 Tween makeup contains asbestos, study findsMakeup sold in a popular tween clothing and accessories store could contain cancer-causing materials, according to North Carolina news outlet ABC11.

An investigation by the news source found heavy metals barium, chromium, lead and selenium and asbestos in the “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” sold by Justice stores around the country. “What we have here is a talc that was contaminated with asbestos that was used to manufacture a product unfortunately aimed at young children,” said Sean Fitzgerald, the director of research and analytical services at the Analytical Institute in Greensboro, which tested the products.

Justice is a clothing store for girls and tweens owned by Tweens Brand Inc. In a statement to the news source, the company said, “Justice is committed to the safety and integrity of our products. Upon receiving the inquiry from ABC11, we immediately began an independent investigation. We cannot speculate regarding the matter until we have more information. Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, we have stopped the sale of this product while we investigate.”

Fitzgerald said though the manufacturer likely didn’t intend to use asbestos-laced talc in the product, they should have tested the talc reserve it was mined from and known it was contaminated with the human carcinogen. “Children should not be allowed to breathe it. If a 10-year-old inhaled this fiber today, when he’s 50 years old, it’s still there,” he explained.

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that are  linked to the development of lung cancer and , which affects the lining of internal organs. The powder was one of seven other makeup products sold by the chain that the news source tested. None of the other products tested positive for asbestos.

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