Many young girls across America love to shop at Claire’s, but parents are now re-thinking that option after one mom discovered that at least 17 of the retailer’s makeup products contain a toxic substance known as tremolite asbestos, which the National Cancer Institute says can potentially lead to malignant mesothelioma later in life.
Claire’s responded by taking those 17 makeup products off its shelves.
Kristi Warner had purchased a makeup kit for her 6-year-old daughter from the accessories store at Providence Place Mall in Rhode Island. Suddenly concerned about the safety of the product, she sent it to a lab to be tested. The results were shocking.
“I physically sank,” Warner told reporters. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home.”
Warner works for a law firm in Providence that litigates asbestos cases, so she decided to test other products from other locations of Claire’s. After sending 17 makeup products from nine different states to the Scientific Analytical Institute, she learned that each one came back testing positive for asbestos.
“In the work that we do, we’ve come across contaminated cosmetics, but you just assume that a children’s product would be safe,” said Warner to WJAR.
Did you buy any #Christmas gifts at @Claires? The store is pulling 17 products off store shelves, after a family discovered asbestos in their 6-year-old daughter’s makeup https://t.co/roX5U6rRFI pic.twitter.com/a1sNmSh4kI
— WTTE FOX 28 (@fox28columbus) December 23, 2017
Since Warner’s reports made headlines, Claire’s has removed the 17 products from its store shelves and released a statement on its Facebook page:
“At Claire’s the safety of our customers is of paramount importance, and we are passionate about the safety and integrity of our products. We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines. As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, 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.”
The company also released a list of the products affected.
This isn’t the first time children’s makeup has tested positive for asbestos. The same lab, Scientific Analytical Institute, reportedly discovered asbestos in makeup products at Justice, another popular youth-oriented retailer. However, Justice has since dismissed the lab’s results as being “inaccurate” after their own independent lab found no trace of asbestos in the products.
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