Claire’s, who advertises to be “cutting edge” in girl’s fashions, accessories, and beauty products, has pulled nine makeup products off the market. One, the Rainbow Bedazzled Star Make Up Set, was reported by WJAR-TV to possibly contain asbestos in its ingredients. Asbestos is known to cause cancer; this is what has led to the product recall of girls make-up.
STATEMENT FROM CLAIRE’S
Claire’s issued a statement on their website, saying “At Claire’s, the safety of our customers is of paramount importance, and we are passionate about the safety and integrity of our products. We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines. As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues. Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation, we will take the necessary action. If you have items you wish to return in the interim period, we will issue a refund.” Other products that might be tainted as well include:
• Ultimate Mega Makeup Set
• Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48-Piece Makeup Set
• Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact
• Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set
• Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set
• Mint Glitter Makeup Set
• Rainbow Bedazzles Rectangle Makeup Set
• Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss
TREMOLITE ASBESTOS IN MAKEUP
A mother in Rhode Island mailed a glitter makeup kit that had been a present for her six-year-old daughter to an independent testing laboratory. It was determined that the makeup kit tested positive for tremolite asbestos. Tremolite has been linked to mesothelioma, and is “needle-like in form,” which can cause damage to lung tissue. While chrysolite is the most common form of asbestos used, tremolite can be just as toxic as chrysolite, if not more toxic.
NINE STATES AND SEVENTEEN SAMPLES
More tests were performed on a variety of make-up samples, including blushes, eye shadows, and compact powders that came from nine different states. A letter from the Scientific Analytical Institute said that samples, “all tested positive at alarming rates.” In response, Claire’s made the following statement: “We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines.”
BENEFIT COSMETICS RECALL
Claire’s isn’t the only cosmetics retailer to have recalled a makeup product. In October 2017, Benefit Cosmetics voluntarily recalled Gimme Brow, a popular eyebrow gel, “out of an abundance of caution.” This tinted brow volumizer is a popular makeup item. When testing recent batches, it was found that the product was being manufactured without the high-quality standards the company has in place. They continued that, if the product was used as recommended, it should be fine; however, if the product were to come into contact with the eyes, it could become an irritant.
MAKEUP PRODUCT SAFETY LAWS
Whether the flawed manufacture of a product was accidental or intentional (to save on manufacturing costs), laws are in place to protect consumers. Under the Consumer Product Safety Law 15 U.S.C. § 2051 (2012), it states that (a) The Congress finds that “(1) an unacceptable number of consumer products which present unreasonable risks on injury are distributed in commerce” and (b) The purposes of this chapter are – “(1) to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injury associated with consumer products.”
If you or a loved one in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Clearwater, or anywhere in Florida have sustained injury from said product, contact a personal injury attorney today to learn what avenues of recourse may be open to you.