Retailers Voluntarily Withdraw Makeup that Tested Positive in Asbestos Tests 


Retailers Claire’s Stores and Beauty Plus Global have started the voluntary recall of two makeup products after the advisory from the US Food and Drug Administration that notified them they tested positive for asbestos.

The two products that tested positive for asbestos were the Chinese-based cosmetics company’s Beauty Plus Global Contour Effects Palette 2 and Claire’s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set which is a makeup kit formulated for young girls and teens.

The FDA advised current users of the two recalled products to stop using them.

Exposure to asbestos dust is known to cause serious health conditions such as mesothelioma and lung cancer decades later.

The asbestos contamination comes from talc used in the makeup products. Talc in its natural form contains magnesium and other minerals, including asbestos.

The tests were made as part of the FDA’s ongoing investigation after reports in 2017 that some cosmetics sold by Claire’s contained tremolite asbestos. The agency released a call to action that cosmetics manufacturers should register their products in the Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP).

The latest recall comes three months after Claire’s pulled three products– compact powder, contour powder and eye shadows from its stores in March 2019 due to their contamination. However, at that time, Claire’s disputed FDA’s findings and said that the products were safe, and the decision to recall them was “out of an abundance of caution.”

The FDA also encouraged healthcare professionals and consumers in their June 6 notice to report to its MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program any “adverse events” caused by using the products.

Claire’s said it “will provide a full refund to any customers who purchased the JoJo Siwa Makeup Set.

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