New bill proposes asbestos warning label on children’s makeup

9 Feb 2018 by under News

GHS pictogram silhouette.svg  100x100 New bill proposes asbestos warning label on childrens makeupA U.S. representative has proposed legislation to ensure makeup marketed to children contains a warning that it may contain asbestos.

The Children’s Product Warning Label Act of 2018, proposed by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), would require the warning label unless the manufacturer pledges in writing to the Department of Health and Human Services that the source is an asbestos-free mine, according to the Detroit-Free Press.

The proposal comes in light of reports that Claire’s, a store aimed at tween girls, sold makeup products that contained asbestos. Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring minerals that were once found in a variety of consumer products for its heat resistance and flexibility. Because it’s a naturally occurring element, many mined minerals, like those used in makeup, have the potential to be tainted with asbestos. However, Claire’s has since issued statements saying independent testing of its own confirmed no asbestos was present in its products. It issued a voluntary recall of nine of its products out of an abundance of caution.

Even small amounts of asbestos inhaled on ingested by young children can lead to health issues later in life, such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, a rare cancer affected the lining of internal organs that has a long latency period but usually proves deadly within 18 months of diagnosis.

“Parents across the country should have the peace of mind in knowing that the cosmetics they buy for their children are safe,” Dingell said in a release. “No child should be exposed to asbestos through the use of common, everyday products.”

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