Asbestos Found in Claire’s Products in Second Test
The second round of lab tests ordered by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) found deadly asbestos in Claire’s cosmetic products that are targeted to young girls and pre-teens. Ingesting or inhaling any part of asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly cancer.
Second Round of Tests
The second test was conducted several weeks after the company pulled asbestos-tainted products from store shelves in December 2017. The PIRG says it authorized tests of four cosmetic products containing talc from Claire’s. The tests revealed that three of the products contain high levels of asbestos. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), talc is usually found in cosmetic products and can be tainted with asbestos.
Products Tested for Asbestos
Asbestos was found in three products manufactured and sold by Claire’s. The products are different from the previous nine products that were recalled in December. The products in the second tests were:
- Claire’s Contour Palette
- Claire’s Compact Powder (White)
- Claire’s Shadow and Highlight Kit
Watch YouTube Video: Study Finds Asbestos in Claire’s Makeup Products. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) says it found asbestos in tests of several makeup products from the popular retailer Claire’s.
How were the Tests Conducted?
STAT Analysis Corporation, an environmental and hygiene testing lab in Chicago, performed the tests. STAT researchers used a method called transmission electron microscopy to verify the number of asbestos fibers per gram in each product. Claire’s Compact Powder contained the highest concentration, with over 106,000 fibers per gram.
Claire’s Denies Asbestos in its Products
The company denied the findings and claimed the testing methods were unreliable and obsolete. Claire’s said it conducted its own testing and found its products did not test positive for asbestos. The company claimed that all their powder-based makeup uses the same formula as other high-end cosmetics with asbestos-free talc.
Claire’s Files for Bankruptcy
After the second test revealed that Claire’s products contain asbestos, Bloomberg News reported that the retail company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to ease its $2 billion debt load. The company says that it will continue running its thousands of retail stores located throughout the United States.
Products with Asbestos-Tainted Talc
There have been traces of asbestos found in talc products. Many people who developed mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos-tainted products have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers.
Talcum Powder Lawsuits
Judith Winkel was awarded $13 million in 2015 after a Los Angeles jury found Colgate-Palmolive’s product, Cashmere Bouquet talc powder was responsible for causing Winkel to develop mesothelioma.
Philip Depoian received $18 million in a suit against Whittaker, Clark & Daniels in 2016. In the lawsuit, Depoian claimed that he contracted cancer due to secondhand exposure to the asbestos-tainted talc powder.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, commonly known to cause mesothelioma, an aggressive and deadly cancer. The disease occurs when microscopic fibers of asbestos become trapped in the lining of the abdomen or lungs and cause cell damage over time.
Types of Mesothelioma Cancer
There are four types of mesothelioma cancer. Each type is named after the place it developed:
- Pleural Mesothelioma: Lining of the lungs
- Pericardial Mesothelioma: Heart Sac
- Peritoneal Mesothelioma: Lining around the abdomen
- Testicular Mesothelioma: Lining of the testes
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