The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to use three types of talc-containing makeup marketed to tweens and sold at Claire’s retailers because they tested positive for cancer-causing asbestos. The agency requested the company recall the products but Claire’s refused. Thus, the FDA is urging consumers to be aware of the risks posed by the products and to report any adverse reactions caused by exposure to the products.
The Claire’s products that tested positive for asbestos include:
- Claire’s Eye Shadows – Batch No/Lot No: 08/17
- Claire’s Compact Powder – Batch No/Lot No: 07/15
- Claire’s Contour Palette – Batch No/Lot No: 04/17
Testing was conducted on behalf of the FDA by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and AMA Analytical Services Inc.
Asbestos is a mineral that is mined from the ground in much the same fashion as talc. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and has been linked to chronic lung diseases as well as lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer that forms in the lining of the internal organs such as the lungs, abdomen and heart.
Consumers should check to see if they have these products in their home and, if so, should stop using them. Claire’s informed the FDA that it does not believe any of the affected products are still for sales at its retail locations. The company said it would honor returns of any of its talc-based products.
Any adverse reactions related to exposure of these products should be reported to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program at www.FDA.gov/MedWatch/Report.htm.
FDA Safety Alert