Claire’s faces more claims of asbestos in children’s cosmetics

27 Mar 2018 by under News

asbestos cosmetics claires talc 100x100 Claires faces more claims of asbestos in childrens cosmeticsThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into claims of asbestos contamination in cosmetics products sold at children’s retailer Claire’s Stores Inc., after testing by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) on 15 talc-containing products revealed that three of the products sold at Clair’s contained .

“Claire’s should immediately recall the three makeup products and investigate how such high levels of asbestos were found in these products,” said Dev Gowda, director of the Campaign for Toxic-Free Products with the PRIG Education Fund. The organization is also asking policymakers to require makeup companies to test their products for asbestos before selling them, in particular those containing talc.

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce supported the call for an investigation asking the FDA to delve “into the presence of asbestos and other hazardous impurities in children’s cosmetics.”

Talc is a clay mineral that is made primarily from magnesium, silicon and oxygen. It can also contain asbestos. Talcum powder made from talc is used in numerous consumer health care products including baby powder and blush. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that is linked to malignant , a rare and deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or other organs.

The products sold by Claire’s and identified by PRIG to contain asbestos include the company’s contour palette, shadow and highlight finishing kit, and compact powder. Testing was conducted by STAT Analysis Corporation, an independent laboratory specializing in asbestos testing.

In December, Claire’s recalled nine makeup products after tests revealed over concerns of asbestos contamination, but issued a letter that testing by two independent laboratories hired by the company showed no asbestos in the recalled products.

Justice Retail, another children’s retailer, recalled its Just Shine shimmer powder in June over similar concerns. The company also claimed that its own testing did not reveal asbestos in its powder. In February, however, the company recalled an additional seven products in the Just Shine line after testing revealed trace amount of asbestos in the products.

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