Claire’s asbestos-related woes continue. The retailer is already residing under a microscope after significant levels of asbestos were found in three of their products marketed to teen and tween girls two years ago. The chain also emerged from bankruptcy towards the end of last year, discharging $1.9 billion in debt and looking for a fresh start.
JoJo Silwa, a popular YouTube and Nickelodeon star, launched a line of cosmetics sold on Claire’s shelves. At the tender age of 16 and with a net worth of approximately $12 million, she has established a merchandise empire that also includes bedroom décor, shoes, hair bows, dolls, clothes, and backpacks. Those products are prominently displayed at Target, Payless, and JC Penney.
Now, part of that empire is in jeopardy. The JoJo Cosmetic Kit has joined a growing list of makeup products testing positive for asbestos. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of the powder eyeshadow element of the kit after Claire’s voluntarily removed the product from their shelves.
The news comes three months after the USFDA announced that three makeup products sold by Claire’s tested positive for the carcinogen. While initially disputing the agency’s findings, they eventually removed the products from all their stores.
Claire’s response seemed less apologetic and more “doubling down” on their continuing carcinogenic conundrum by claiming that “such small trace amounts are considered acceptable under European and Canadian cosmetic safety regulations.”
The World Health Organization likely takes issue with the store chain’s assertion. They believe that “safe levels” do not exist based on the serious and deadly illnesses that can result from exposure. The list of countries that have banned asbestos in any form continues to grow. Yet, the United States remains absent with powerful lobbyists for asbestos suppliers seemingly calling the shots.