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Claire’s pulls 9 talc-containing kids’ cosmetics from store shelves

Claire’s Stores Inc., removed nine talc-containing makeup products from its retail stores after a CNN affiliate reported that the products contained tremolite asbestos, a known carcinogen. If swallowed or inhaled, the mineral can cause lung damage and cancer, including mesothelioma, a particularly aggressive and deadly form of cancer. Claire’s said it conducted its own tests on the cosmetics, which turned up no asbestos. The company said it pulled the makeup out of an abundance of caution. The company also confirmed that the talcum powder is supplied by a certified asbestos-free European vendor. Claire’s announced that it was halting sales of ... Read More

Jessica Alba’s Honest organic baby powder recalled due to possible contamination

The Honest Company, co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, has confessed that it’s organic baby powder may be contaminated with microorganisms that could cause eye and skin infections. A recall has been issued. The powder was sold nationwide in 4 oz. containers with the UPC #817810014529, and was distributed to stores April 14, 2016. No other The Honest Company products are affected by the recall. Alba founded the company in 2012 with Christopher Gavigan. By 2015, Alba landed on the cover of Forbes for her growing empire. The Honest Company, which focuses on non-toxic, organic products, is now valued at $1.7 ... Read More

FDA proposes limiting lead in cosmetics including lipstick, eye shadow, shampoo

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to limit the lead in cosmetics sold in the United States to a maximum of 10 parts per million (ppm). The rule would apply to lipsticks and lip liners, eye shadows, body lotions and shampoos. It would not apply to hair dyes that contain lead acetate or to topically applied products classified as drugs. The new guidance represents the agency’s “current thinking” on lead in cosmetics. “Although most cosmetics on the market in the United States generally already contain less than 10 ppm of lead, a small number contained higher amounts, and ... Read More

FDA warns maker of anti-aging creams to stop making false claims

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not putting up with skin care companies that make outlandish claims about their products. The agency issued a warning letter to California-based Circuit Cosmeceuticals Inc., saying the company cannot make claims about the effectiveness of its anti-aging creams unless they were approved drugs. Sircuit claims that its Revelation eye serum “resembles the effects of Botox when applied to the skin” and “gives Botox-like results.” It also claimed that its Eye Tech emulsion can “impart Botox-like effect.” The company alleged that its products could stimulate collagen production, help blood vessels operate properly, and strengthen the immune system and ... Read More

Spray-on sunscreen use discouraged for children while FDA safety investigation is ongoing

Health officials are warning parents not to use spray sunscreen on their children. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began an investigation into this type of sunscreen in 2011 and we are still awaiting its verdict. “We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children,” says Consumer Reports. “We have also removed one sunscreen spray — Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 — from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen Ratings, because it is marketed especially for children.” Consumer Reports has tested sunscreens in ... Read More

FDA warns of serious, life-threatening allergic reactions with OTC acne products

Rare but serious and potentially life threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation have been reported by consumers who used certain over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. People are advised to stop using the acne products and seek emergency medical attention immediately if they experience any symptoms of hypersensitivity, which include throat tightness; difficulty breathing; feeling faint; or swelling of the eyes, face, lips or tongue. People should also stop using the products if they develop hives or itching. These hypersensitivity reactions can occur within minutes to a day or more after using these products. ... Read More

Woman who sued Johnson & Johnson wants to warn others of ovarian risk with talcum powder products

Deane Berg was not awarded a cent in punitive or compensatory damages from her lawsuit alleging that Johnson & Johnson products containing talc caused her to develop ovarian cancer, but she was pleased that the jury agreed the consumer health care giant failed to warn consumers that its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products carry cancer risks. Deane applied the company’s power to her genital area for hygiene purposes for about three decades. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2005 at the age of 49. Three separate researchers studied Deane’s cancerous ovarian tissue and found talc, and ... Read More

FDA issues recall on bacteria-contaminated feminine products

Feminine hygiene products sold over-the-counter as cosmetics are being recalled by the manufacturer USA Fair Ocean Group Inc., because the products may be contaminated by bacteria. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the products also make unsubstantiated therapeutic claims for gynecological conditions that could have prevented women taking these products from seeking appropriate medical care for potentially serious medical conditions. The recall affects the Vagifresh Ball and the Vagifresh Gel, which are applied by inserting deeply into the vagina for a prolonged period of time. The products were sold at herbal stores, beauty shops, drug stores, on the internet, ... Read More