In recent months, the Environmental Working Group — a nonprofit organization that advocates against the dangers of asbestos — examined 21 samples of cosmetics and personal grooming items on the market. Included were makeup kits for children.
What they found was chilling. Of the 21 talc-based samples, three were found to contain asbestos: The three items were body and facial powder, eye shadow and a child’s makeup kit.
Little regulation on ingredients puts consumers at risk
Unlike asbestos in the workplace, which is highly regulated, current federal regulations have no requirements that companies label their regular consumer products for asbestos or even test for the substance. As a result, those in the industry recommend abstaining from the use of any products with a talc base.
In the final quarter of last year, Environmental Health Insights published findings of their product analysis. They determined that one in seven common cosmetic products contained “a measurable amount of asbestos” mixed in with the benign mineral talc product.
Agency mirror study confirms the danger
One might be tempted to disregard the results as an anomaly simply because of the limits of the study. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also produced consistent findings in their own research. One of the Environmental Working Group’s scientists who authored the study spoke out, saying, “I think people should be quite concerned.”
Children share an enhanced risk of disease from asbestos exposure
Children’s vital organs and lungs are still developing, which puts them at even greater risk of adverse health consequences from using these seemingly innocuous products. This makes the problem even more frightening to contemplate.
Has your family been exposed to asbestos?
If you suspect that a family member has suffered product-based asbestos exposure that’s led to an injury, you may need to act. Addressing your concerns with a legal advocate for asbestos victims can clarify your options.