When you buy a product for your children, you have to assume that it will be safe for them to use. However, that’s not always the case.
A mother in Rhode Island was worried about some of the ingredients in her daughter’s makeup products, so she decided to test some of them for dangerous chemicals. Apparently, the children’s makeup was tested positive for containing tremolite asbestos.
She had purchased several makeup products for her daughter at Claire’s Accessories. This store is tailored for younger girls and it offers accessories and makeup products.
The mother works for a law firm. She coordinated with the firm to get several more products tested to ensure that her products weren’t a fluke. However, all of the products tested positive for asbestos.
As soon as Claire’s was informed of the issue, they pulled nine products from their shelves. According to some reports, though, as many as 17 products may be affected.
Asbestos is an extremely dangerous naturally occurring mineral. Because of the shape of the crystals, they can cause extreme damage when inhaled. Historically, asbestos has been used in construction, wiring, and fabrics.
Prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause fatal illnesses, including cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Though asbestos is extremely dangerous, it is not banned in the United States. It is still used in something, including insulation and vehicle parts.
Nine Claire’s products have been fully recalled. You can find a full list of the recalls here. Claire’s shared, “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.”
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