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FDA finds more asbestos in Claire's, Justice products

In 2017, independent testing found tremolite asbestos in several Claire’s talc-based products. Claire’s has since attempted to remove all talc-based products from its stores. It’s stores, seen in malls throughout the country, market to children and teens.

In the wake of the 2017 revelations, the Food and Drug Administration began to investigate. On Wednesday, March 6, the FDA released a warning to the public that three other products from Claire’s contained tremolite asbestos. The products found to contain the deadly carcinogen include:

  • Claire’s eye shadows
  • Compact powder
  • Contour pallette

Bankruptcy halts litigation

Claire’s filed for bankruptcy protection in 2018. By declaring Chapter 11, civil litigation against the mall giant can be halted. In previous asbestos litigation, companies who declared bankruptcy to avoid liability ultimately ended up creating asbestos bankruptcy trusts to pay the costs associated with exposing the public to this harmful carcinogen.

Claire’s maintains that its products are free from asbestos, despite having multiple confirmed positive tests. It has said it will honor returns of any products mentioned in the FDA release.

Products may already be off shelves

Claire’s has voluntarily recalled the products. While the products are hopefully no longer in stores, consumers may still have these contaminated talc makeup products in their homes. Experts warn that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, so anyone with makeup from Claire’s should be sure to check if they contain talc. Those that do should be thrown away immediately.

Tremolite asbestos is often found in talc, as both minerals are found in the same rock formations. However, talc is supposed to be purified of asbestos prior to being used in any consumer product. Unfortunately, numerous instances of asbestos-contaminated talc have arisen in recent years, many of which are intended for children, such as crayons.

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