Retailer Claire’s is recalling three makeup products after federal regulators warned the products might contain asbestos.
Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said product samples tested positive for asbestos but that Claire’s refused to recall any products that might still be in homes. The retailer at the time disputed the test results but a company spokesman said it removed the products from stores.
Now, the company has decided that it will also recall all of the products, which were sold between 2016 and this month. A Claire’s representative wasn’t available for comment about how it will recall the products.
Asbestos is a toxic substance that can get into the lung tissue and over time can cause a particularly aggressive form of cancer, known as Meselthileoma. The greatest risk for contracting the disease is to people with frequent, long-term exposure, such as workers that remediate asbestos. The FDA said it’s not aware of anyone being sickened by the makeup products.
Currently, Cosmetics don’t have to be reviewed by the FDA before they’re sold. However, congressional legislation to grant additional oversight to the agency may cause the FDA to promulgate regulations to oversee product safety for cosmetics and personal care products.
Asbestos is among the first ten substances to go through a risk assessment pursuant to the revised TSCA regulations. The Risk assessment is expected to be completed next month.
Last year Claire’s recalled 17 products containing asbestos in children’s cosmetics products. Exposure to asbestos is estimated to claim the lives of 15,000 Americans every year. Currently, there is no law regulating the sale of products contaminated by asbestos.