Cancer-causing asbestos has been found in more talc-containing tween cosmetics sold by Claire’s Stores, as well as in some Beauty Plus Global cosmetics, and consumers should avoid them due to potential health risks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned in a Safety Alert.
The companies voluntarily recalled Beauty Plus Global Contour Effects Palette 2 (Batch No. S1603002/PD-C1179) and Claire’s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set, (KSU #888711136337, Batch/Lot No. S180109), after FDA testing confirmed the products were contaminated with the known carcinogen asbestos.
In 2017, consumer watchdog U.S. Public Interest Research Group announced testing revealed that asbestos had been found in several talc-containing cosmetics sold by tween retailers Claire’s and Justice. Justice voluntarily recalled several of its body shimmer powders, blushes and eye shadows. Three months later, Claire’s removed several of its cosmetics from stores.
The FDA conducted its own testing of the products and confirmed the presence of asbestos in Claire’s and Justice’s cosmetics, and warned consumers to steer clear of three cosmetics from Claire’s since the company had refused to issue a recall.
Claire’s said it would provide refunds to anyone who purchased the recalled products. Last year, the company started manufacturing cosmetics without talc as a precaution.
Asbestos is a mineral mined from the earth in similar fashion as and in close proximity to talc. Asbestos consists of microscopic fibers, making it durable and fire resistant. The mineral was widely used in construction, shipbuilding and friction materials until the 1980s. By then, it had been known for decades that exposure to asbestos could lead to serious diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly type of cancer. It can take years for asbestos-related diseases to develop.
Johnson & Johnson is facing more than 14,000 lawsuits over claims that its talcum powder products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder, caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Many of the cases allege Johnson & Johnson’s talc was contaminated with asbestos, which contributed to consumers’ cancer diagnoses.