Asbestos Contamination Force Claire’s to Pull Makeup

Claire’s pulls makeup with asbestos contamination

Updated 9:27 a.m. ET, January 5:  A spokesperson for Claire’s issued the following statement: 

“We are pleased to report that test results received to date from two certified independent labs confirm that the products in question are asbestos free, completely safe and meet all government requirements. 

As we said previously, we also confirmed that the talc ingredient that is used in the cosmetics was sourced from Merck KGaA and is asbestos free. Any report that suggests that the products are not safe is totally false.

Our paramount concern is the safety of our customers and we apologize for any distress these false reports may have caused. We thank customers for being patient with us as we sought the truth in this matter. We will continue to honor returns from any customers remaining uncomfortable. ”

Updated 4:14 p.m. ET, December 29: A spokesperson for Claire’s issued the following statement: 

“The initial results of testing by an independent certified laboratory show that the cosmetics tested to date are asbestos free. Out of an abundance of caution, additional testing is underway. We have also confirmed that the talcum ingredient supply is from a certified asbestos free European vendor. We will continue to honor returns for any customers remaining uncomfortable.”

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A woman who works at a law firm that specializes in asbestos litigation was working with a lab on another case when she decided to have her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup tested, and she discovered it contained asbestos.

“You assume that when you’re purchasing it, it is safe,” Kristiana Warner told WPRI. “I remember literally sinking to the ground just being like, ‘Oh my gosh!'”

A total of 17 makeup varieties including eye shadows, blushes and compact powders from nine states were tested by the Scientific Analytical Institute. 

“(They) all tested positive at alarming rates,” the institute said.

Claire’s pulled the items from shelves after learning of the report’s findings. 

“We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines,” the company told WPRI. “We have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale, and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues. Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action.”

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