YouTuber, singer, and former Dance Moms star JoJo Siwa issued a statement about her Claire’s Makeup Set following a warning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that tests on the talc-based cosmetics revealed they were contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen.
“I just want to let everyone know that no matter what, safety is myself and Nickelodeon’s No. 1 priority in everything, in every product and everything out there,” she said during the one-minute video. Siwa vowed to work hard to ensure that the Makeup Set is removed from store shelves and consumers who purchased the cosmetics are given a refund.
“I just wanted to let you guys know the situation,” she said. “Thank you for understanding, because it is serious to me, and it means a lot to me. It’s my name, my brand, and it is my face – quite literally.”
The product previously endorsed by Siwa contains an eye shadow palette, two lip glosses, and nail polish in a heart-shaped box.
In June, the FDA alerted the public that testing on select talc-containing cosmetics sold by tween retailers Claire’s and Justice tested positive for asbestos and that consumers should not use them. The agency was prompted to conduct testing on the products after consumer watchdog U.S. Public Interest Research Group announced in 2017 that it had tested several cosmetics that contained talcum powder and found several to be contaminated with asbestos.
Talc and asbestos are both minerals mined from the ground, often in similar proximity. Asbestos was widely used in construction and shipbuilding materials before its use was restricted in the 1980s. Asbestos exposure has been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs.
Cosmetics aren’t the only talc-containing consumer health care products that have tested positive for asbestos. In fact, Johnson & Johnson faces more than 14,000 lawsuits alleging its Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma. Many of the cases allege the powders were contaminated with asbestos, which caused the consumers’ cancers. Other manufacturers, such as Colgate-Palmolive, maker of Cashmere Bouquet, are facing similar lawsuits.
Sharon Zinns, a lawyer in our Atlanta office, leads the firm’s mesothelioma litigation team. She would be happy to talk to you about any potential claims related to asbestos-containing talc or industrial exposure resulting in lung cancer or mesothelioma.