On Tuesday, U.S. regulators warned consumers not to use some of Claire’s makeup products because the popular kids’ accessory chain carries tween and teenager makeup products that contain asbestos.
Asbestos is a mineral linked with cancer and according to The Food and Drug Administration, the retail chain failed to comply with the agency’s request for a recall, reports AP News.
The FDA does not have the power to force a recall.
#WARNING: FDA is advising consumers NOT to use certain @claires eye shadows, compact powder, & contour powder products because they may be contaminated w/ #asbestos fibers. If you have these cosmetics in your home – stop using them. https://t.co/CqtxENLZye pic.twitter.com/GTYdnWzKva
— FDA Cosmetics (@FDACosmetics) March 5, 2019
The agency said three of the company’s makeup products tested positive for asbestos. People should not use the following products: Claire’s Eye Shadows, batch/lot No: 08/17; Claire’s Compact Powder, batch/lot No.: 07/15; and Claire’s Contour Palette, batch/lot No.: 04/17.
The company has disputed the claim but eventually decided to pull the products from stores “out of an abundance of caution,” along with any other talc-based cosmetics after the FDA issued the safety alert this week.
Claire’s said in a statement to the Miami Herald:
The recent test results the FDA have shared with us show significant errors.
Specifically, the FDA test reports have mis-characterized fibers in the products as asbestos, in direct contradiction to established EPA and USP criterion for classifying asbestos fibers. Despite our efforts to discuss these issues with the FDA, they insisted on moving forward with their release.
We are disappointed that the FDA has taken this step, and we will continue to work with them to demonstrate the safety of our products.
In 2017, Claire’s stores pulled 17 products from their shelves after a Rhode Island mother discovered asbestos in her 6-year-old’s daughter’s makeup, reports WJAR.
JUST IN: Claire's is pulling more than a dozen products from stores after a Barrington family finds ASBESTOS in their 6-year-old daughter's makeup.
Below are some of the products. Working on the full story at 6 on @NBC10 pic.twitter.com/OaKI8eUvUH
— Emily Volz (@EmilyVolzNews) December 22, 2017
Consumers who have these products at home should stop using them immediately, said the FDA.
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