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Asbestos Found in Claire's Makeup Products

By Shaniqua Williams

Posted on June 13th, 2019

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, is known to cause a series of tremendous diseases, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Claire's, a renowned store which sells makeup, jewelry and accessories designed for children and teenage girls, has recently recalled the JoJo Cosmetic Kit out of safety reasons.

Claire's, a renowned store which sells makeup, jewelry and accessories designed for children and teenage girls, has recently recalled the JoJo Cosmetic Kit (Batch/Lot No. S180109) created by singer JoJo Siwa out of safety reasons. The makeup kit, which is comprised of eyeshadows, lip and nailpolish, was found to contain traces of tremolite asbestos, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Consumers are strongly advised to throw away these products if they have already purchased them, as the risk of asbestos exposure is considerable and should not be ignored.

Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, is known to cause a series of tremendous diseases, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, when inhaled or ingested. While this mineral is usually found in building materials dating back to the last century, it can also be occasionally present in makeup products in the form of talc, which is often contaminated with asbestos.

However, this is not the first time asbestos is discovered in Claire's cosmetics. After a mother sent her daughter's makeup kit to a testing lab, 17 more products were recalled by the store in 2017. Additionally, the FDA found the carcinogenic mineral in 3 other makeup products in March of this year, namely Eye Shadows, Compact Powder and Contour Pallette, which have been subsequently taken off the shelves, too. "There is no evidence that any products sold by Claire's are unsafe. In early 2018, the three items identified by the FDA were extensively tested by multiple independent accredited laboratories, and all products were found to be compliant with all relevant cosmetic safety regulations." said the company in a Twitter statement in March 2019.

Nevertheless, the findings of the FDA were accurate. "These results are part of our ongoing survey of cosmetic products for asbestos and our commitment to take regulatory and enforcement action as needed," the FDA declared. Still, Claire's representatives said that they were "disappointed that the FDA has taken this step, and we will continue to work with them to demonstrate the safety of our products". While asbestos is present only in the eyeshadow of the makeup kit, the company will provide a full refund to anyone who purchased the product.

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