Are Claire’s makeup products putting young people at risk?

The presence of asbestos was once commonplace in construction, shipbuilding and automotive industries, a practice that continued into the 1970’s. Up until the 1990’s, home insulation and building materials believed to be safe contained asbestos. Today, deadly fibers are still released into the air when materials are disturbed despite efforts to curtail the risk of exposure.

The shocking discovery of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson baby powder has increased awareness of its presence in consumer products. It has also put a larger number of consumers at risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.

A Cosmetic Catastrophe

If you have frequented a shopping mall over the past few decades, you have probably seen a Claire’s store. Established in 1961, the retail chain boasts thousands of locations throughout the world. The retailer markets products that imitate high fashion costume jewelry, hair accessories, clothing items and makeup products for teens and tweens.

Three of their branded cosmetics have now caught the attention of the Food and Drug Administration after their testing uncovered the presence of tremolite asbestos. The ban includes Claire's Eye Shadows, Compact Powder and Contour Pallette.

Following the release of the FDA’s findings, Claire’s announced the removal of those products from store shelves. However, the retailer disputes the agency’s findings. They allege mistakes and mischaracterizations in their report and contest the highly public rush to judgement.

While products placed on shelves can be removed quickly, dangers persist with Claire’s cosmetics remaining in homes and likely still being used.

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