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 the products and issuing refunds to all customer who purchased the products. “As always, the safety of our customers and products is our top priority,” the company said in a news release.
The talc-containing products pulled from Claire’s shelves include Ultimate Mega Make Up Set, Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set, Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact, Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set, Rainbow Bedazzled Star Make Up Set, Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set, Mint Glitter Make Up Set, Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Make Up Set, and Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss.
Consumer health care products containing talc have raised concerns in recent years after Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower body powder, and other talc-containing products used on the genitals for personal hygiene were linked to an increased risk of ovarian and uterine cancer. Researchers say the talc can travel up the vagina into the uterus and ovaries where it can inflame tissue and create a hotbed for cancerous cell growth.