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Claire’s Ditches Nearly a Dozen Makeup Products After Mom’s Asbestos Discovery

One of the world’s largest retailers for teen and tween girls has been forced to pull nearly a dozen makeup products from the shelves of some 3,000 stores across the globe. The recall came after a Rhode Island mom discovered asbestos in her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kit. Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma—an aggressive form of cancer with no cure.

The discovery came after the Providence-based law firm employee decided to have her daughters glitter makeup kit tested for asbestos. Based on her background, the shrewd mom knew that there is no proof that all talc-based makeup is asbestos-free. She also knew that most cosmetics don’t need FDA approval, so her radar went up. At the time she purchased the makeup kit for her daughter, the mom was already immersed in a case involving talc. When the clients’ evidence was submitted to an independent lab, as a personal request, she sent her daughters kit along as well.

When the makeup tested positive for asbestos, it was quickly reported to a local TV station. Upon hearing the news, Claire’s promptly, but quietly, announced a recall on the glitter makeup kit, along with nearly a dozen other suspicious products. The company released the following statements on its website:

“At Claire’s the safety of our customers is of paramount importance, and we are passionate about the safety and integrity of our products. We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines. As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale (pictured below), and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues. Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action. If you have items you wish to return in the interim period we will issue a refund.”

“We have retained an independent laboratory to test the cited products in order to determine whether the recent news reports are accurate. In the interim, we have stopped sales of the products and are issuing full refunds to concerned customers.  As always, the safety of our customers and products is our top priority.”

The complete list of recalled products includes the Ultimate Mega Make Up Set, Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set, Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact, Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set, Rainbow Bedazzled Star Make Up Set, Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set, Mint Glitter Make Up Set, Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Make Up Set, and the Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss.

Because talc and asbestos are naturally occurring minerals that may be found in close proximity in the earth, contamination is always a threat. To avoid exposure to asbestos, experts recommend avoiding talc-containing products.



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