Claire’s claims makeup testing did not find asbestos

3 Jan 2018 by under News

upper body 944557 960 720 100x100 Claires claims makeup testing did not find asbestosJust days after allegations emerged of asbestos in the makeup sold by retailer Claire’s, the company has responded with information from independent testing of its own.

As MyMeso previously reported, 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 more than 10 were found to contain asbestos. These include eye shadows, blushes and powders.

Since the revelation, Claire’s pulled the in-question products from shelves and launched an investigation into the allegations. “The initial results of testing by an independent certified laboratory show that the cosmetics tested to date are asbestos free,” Claire’s said in a statement to Business Insider. “Out of an abundance of caution, additional testing is underway.”

Asbestos is a group of silicate minerals that was once commonly used in a variety of products, including construction materials and consumer products for its high resistance and flexibility. It has since been linked to the development of lung cancer and mesothelioma. If even trace amounts of asbestos particles are inhaled or ingested, they can become lodged in internal tissues and cause inflammation that can lead to cancers like mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen. Like many asbestos-related diseases, it has a decades-long latency period. However, it is usually deadly within two years of diagnosis.

Claire’s will continue to allow returns to any customers who are concerned about using the products.

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