The Food and Drug Administration confirmed Tuesday that Claire's and Justice, two retailers aimed at tweens and teenagers, carried makeup products that contained asbestos.
The FDA released the results that three products of Claire's and one of Justice contained asbestos, a mineral fiber that once used in building construction materials. Exposure to asbestos fibers and particles may cause disease.
Talcum powder, which is used to make baby powder and powder-based makeup products, is made from a mineral known as talc, which may contain some asbestos in its natural form
The four Claire's talc-based products have been tested for positive asbestos include Claire's Eye Shadows ̵
One asbestos, although the retailer had already recalled that product and seven others in 2017.
In its announcement, the FDA, claims that Claire's "failed to comply" with his request for the company positive for asbestos and warned consumers against the products.
Claire's refuted the FDA's claim , accusing the FDA of faulty testing and maintaining that its products were safe in a statement to HuffPost.
Melanie Berry, a spokeswoman for Claire's, so said the company had removed "any remaining talc-based." cosmetic products "and would honor any returns for such products.
Claire's filed for bankruptcy in March 2018 as sales performance at malls dwindled as online shopping rose. The Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings protect Claire's from being sued by consumers for asbestos contamination, according to USA Today.
In response to the FDA's announcement, Rep. Frank Pallone (DN.J.) said he was pushing for new legislation that
"Examples like Claire's refusal to voluntarily recall their asbestos-tainted products" demonstrates the need to modernize the current regulatory Thus, "Pallone said in a statement."
The FDA said it had become aware of reports of asbestos in products at Claire's and Justice in 2017. The first asbestos testing was done by third-party laboratories, which was reconfirmed with other independent tests.
Berry said in Claire's official statement that the FDA's most recent test results are "show significant errors."
"Specifically, the FDA test reports have mis-emphasized fibers in the products asbestos, in direct contradiction to established EPA and USP criterion for classifying asbestos fibers, "Berry said.
The FDA on Tuesday urged the companies to be
Claire's said it was disappointing in the FDA to make an announcement that it is deemed to be a mixture of asbestos contamination in its products.