Update 3/10/2020: FDA Says 9 Out of 52 Cosmetic Products Tested Positive for Asbestos
Claire's Stores, Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of three cosmetic products -- Claire's Eyeshadows (shown above), Claire's Compact Powder, and Claire's Contour Palette.
The company stated, "Testing done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated the possible presence of asbestos fibers in product samples from one lot of each product." Talc is a mineral that is often found near asbestos when it is mined, so it can become contaminated, according to the FDA website.
Inhalation of asbestos over time has been linked to serious adverse health consequences.
During the last year, Claire's switched to talc-free manufacturing for all its cosmetics.
The products are no longer available, but were sold in Claire's stores nationwide and on Claire's website from October 2016 through March 2019.
How To Identify the Recalled Products
Here are the SKUs and lot numbers being recalled, for consumers who may have these products at home:
- Claire's Eyeshadows, UPC #888711847165, SKU #84716, Lot No. 08/17
- Claire's Compact Powder, UPC #888711839153, SKU #83915, Lot No. 07/15
- Claire's Contour Palette, UPC #888711401947, SKU #40194, Lot No. 04/17
Claire's says consumers who have purchased these products should discontinue use and return them to any Claire's store for a full refund.
The company is not aware of any adverse reactions, injuries or illness caused by the possible presence of asbestos in the recalled products -- and encourages consumers with concerns to contact the company at 800-252-4737, option 2, from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. EDT.
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