Another Recall Issued for Cosmetics Marketed at Young Girls Due to Asbestos Contamination

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June 07, 2019Jun 07, 2019

For the second time in three months, Claire’s stores issued a voluntary recall over concerns of asbestos contamination in its makeup. This makeup is marked directly to young girls, and it could be very dangerous.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the news late Thursday. They do not have the jurisdiction to recall cosmetics, which makes this a voluntary recall.

Claire’s is a popular children’s fashion accessory retail chain. It's found in almost every mall around the United States.

Claire's recalled its JoJo Siwa Makeup Set (SKU #888711136337, Batch/Lot No. S180109) after the product tested positive for asbestos during the FDA’s ongoing investigation of asbestos contamination in cosmetics. This is their second cosmetics recall.

Exposure to asbestos dust can cause serious health conditions decades later, including lung cancer and mesothelioma.

In an official statement to The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com, Claire’s said testing by the FDA “indicated the possible presence of trace amounts of asbestos fibers in the powder eyeshadow element of the kit.”

JoJo Siwa, a children’s YouTube personality known for appearing on two seasons of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms,” also has branded cosmetic products sold by major retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, and Target.

“Claire’s stands behind the safety of this item and all other Claire’s cosmetic items, as such small trace amounts are considered acceptable under European and Canadian cosmetic safety regulations,” Claire’s spokesperson and Senior Vice President of Marketing Melanie Berry said by email. “In addition, last year Claire’s moved to talc-free cosmetic manufacturing to prevent any further concerns about talc contamination. Claire’s also supports increased FDA oversight of personal care products.”

The company said it will provide a full refund to any customers who purchased the JoJo Siwa Makeup Set.

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