Following a recent investigation that revealed asbestos in some of its makeup, the popular nationwide retailer Justice has pulled the offending products from their shelves, according an a recent report in USA Today.
The investigation, which was conducted by WTVD-TV, an ABC station in North Carolina, discovered the asbestos after reporters sent several samples of the makeup to the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro for testing.
Alarmingly, the testing discovered that the “Just Shine Simmer Powder” — a makeup marketed to kids and teens — not only contained asbestos, but also four heavy metals, including Barium, Chromium, Lead and Selenium.
As reported in the original WTVD-TV investigation, Sean Fitzgerald, the Director of Research and Analytical Services at the lab that tested the makeup, stated, “I would treat it like a deadly poison, because it is.”
Given that Justice is a national chain with hundreds of locations throughout the U.S., this recent asbestos discovery is certainly concerning, especially since asbestos exposure has been linked to certain types of cancers, including mesothelioma, a deadly and currently incurable disease.
Asbestos exposure among children is particularly tragic since even the smallest asbestos fiber, when inhaled, can become lodged in a child’s lungs, eventually causing mesothelioma years later. In some cases, a child exposed to asbestos may not even develop mesothelioma until their thirties or forties — meaning it is a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off.
Hopefully, this recent investigation is a wake-up call to retailers throughout the country that they need to do a better job of making sure the products they sell are safe for their customers.
UPDATE: According to a recent report by NBC26 (WGBA), Justice is now denying the alleged presence of asbestos in their products, citing its own third-party testing.