Makeup sold to kids by Claire’s reportedly contains asbestos

27 Dec 2017 by under News

GHS pictogram silhouette 100x100 Makeup sold to kids by Claires reportedly contains asbestosYet another children’s makeup product has been pulled from the shelves after asbestos was found as an ingredient. In July, Justice stores around the country pulled its Just Shine Shimmer Powder after asbestos was detected in the product, and most recently, just before Christmas, 17 makeup products sold at Claire’s stores across the country have similarly been removed from store shelves as a precaution.

The Providence Journal reports Rhode Island resident Kristina Warner, an employee at the Deaton Law Firm, ordered tests on her 6-year-old daughter’s Aqua Glitter makeup kit and was surprised to find it contained tremolite asbestos. After the finding, the firm ordered additional testing on other products, of which 16 were found to contain asbestos. “The asbestos was in talc-based eye shadows, blushes and powders from kits with names such as Aqua Glitter, Pink Jeweled Heart and Pink Jeweled Star,” The Journal reports.

WPRI-TV, which first reported on the asbestos-tainted makeup, obtained a statement from a Claire’s representative saying the company was conducting an immediate investigation into the claims. “We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines,” a spokesperson told the news source. “Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action.”

Even exposure to small amounts of asbestos early in life can cause health issues decades later if it is inhaled or ingested. Once in the body, asbestos fibers can become lodged in internal tissues, leading to inflammation and even cancers like lung cancer or mesothelioma, which is usually deadly within two years of diagnosis.

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