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Claire’s makeup puts consumers at risk for asbestos exposure

Ohio residents with teenage girls may remember that this is not the first time the boutique store Claire’s has been in the news because the Food and Drug Administration found something dangerous and toxic in one of its makeup products. Back in 2017, a concerned mother had her daughter’s makeup tested, and it came back positive for asbestos. Recently, another of Claire’s makeup products puts purchasers at risk of asbestos exposure.

Again, the product line involved is mostly used by and targeted for teens and young girls. Testing done by the FDA discovered asbestos fibers in the eyeshadow of its JoJo Siwa Makeup Kit. However, this time, Claire’s is not alone is having to recall one of its makeup products due to the presence of this toxic material. The same issue arose in testing done on a Beauty Plus product. It’s Global Contour Effects Palette 2 also tested positive for asbestos.

The FDA urges anyone who purchased these products to stop using them. Claire’s has already recalled its product and offers a full refund to anyone who purchased the tainted makeup. Last year, the FDA stepped up its oversight of personal care products due, at least in part, to this issue. The asbestos fibers were found despite the fact that Claire’s says it moved to using talc-free manufacturing for its cosmetics last year.

Many sources say that no asbestos exposure is safe while others say that a certain amount is okay. The question remains whether that debate should jeopardize the health of young girls across the country, including those here in Ohio. It could be some time before anyone will know whether the use of makeup products tainted with this toxic material will result in today’s teens suffering from adverse health effects in the future.

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