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FDA finds asbestos in Claire's cosmetics, company doesn't care

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The FDA routinely monitors the market for cosmetic products that may pose a public health risk.

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This is how the FDA, in 2017, first became aware of reports of asbestos contamination in certain cosmetic products sold by Claire’s and Justice retailers.

On Sept. 5, 2017 Justice voluntarily recalled its Just Shine Shimmer Powder and seven additional cosmetic products including: Just Shine Bronzer Brush, Makeup Palette Pinks, Blues and Glitter Cream, and Eye Shadow Palette Cool, Pinks, Eye Shadow and Glitter Cream.

For its part, on Dec. 22, 2017 Claire’s removed from its stores the following products: Ultimate Mega Make Up Set, Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48-Piece Makeup Set, 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 Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss.

Because the 2017 testing was done by third-party laboratories, the agency believed it was important to scientifically confirm that these reports were accurate.

That’s why after Claire’s withdrew and Justice recalled suspect products from the market, the FDA began the process of conducting independent tests to determine if some of these products did in fact contain asbestos.

In late February of this year, we received the results of this testing initiative.

The FDA is announcing the results of these tests. Those tests confirmed the presence of asbestos in three of the product samples collected from Claire’s and one of the product samples collected from Justice.

All suspect Justice products, including the one testing positive for asbestos, were previously recalled from the market in 2017.

The FDA issued a Safety Alert warning consumers to not use three of Claire’s products: Claire’s Eye Shadows – Batch No/Lot No: 08/17; Claire’s Compact Powder – Batch No/Lot No: 07/15; and, Claire’s Contour Palette – Batch No/Lot No: 04/17 because they tested positive for asbestos.

The FDA requested that Claire’s recall the products because they should not be used by consumers.

Claire’s has refused to comply with the FDA’s request, and the agency does not have authority to mandate a recall.

The FDA is therefore warning consumers not to use these products and will continue to communicate our safety concerns about them.

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