This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that tests confirmed the presence of asbestos in three Claire cosmetics. a statement issued by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb MD and Susan Mayne, Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
You should know the following about the results and specific products of Claire that affect you.
If this seems familiar to you, this is probably because the controversy started in 2017.
These investigations originated from a local report about a mother in Rhode Island who had decided to test her daughter's makeup on asbestos. The test proved positive and the family decided to independently test more products from different states, which also had positive effects on asbestos.
To date, Claire & # 39; s has contested asbestos in its products. In 2017, the company said its internal test results for asbestos were negative, but it recalled several products from a wealth of caution [in 20179017] in 2017. Later third party testers tested show that three Claire products contained asbestos, but the company "categorically denied" the test results in a statement last year.
Following these reports, the FDA also decided to conduct its own tests. The findings were finally unveiled on Tuesday.
"[A] After Claire withdrew and Justice recalled suspicious products from the market, the FDA conducted independent tests to determine if any of these products actually contained asbestos." The statement says. "At the end of February this year we received the results of this test initiative."
Specifically, the FDA's review of Tremolite Asbestos resulted in three Claire products:
- Claire's Shadow Shadows – Batch No / Lot No: 08/17
- Claires Compact Powder – Lot # / Lot #: 07/15
- Claire's Contour Palette – Lot # / Lot #: 04/17
The FDA tests also found asbestos in one product the clothing store Justice, and this product was recalled in 2017.
Claire's products are no longer for sale, but were not recalled.
Although Claire has informed the FDA that these products are no longer for sale, no consumers are sold who they already have, should get rid of them and not use them. "The FDA asked Claire to recall the products because they should not be used by consumers, and Claire & # 39; s has refused to comply with the FDA's request, and the agency has no authority to call back," it says in a separate FDA warning . "The FDA warns consumers against using these products and will continue to voice our safety concerns against them."
Claire's [seit19659016] has responded to the FDA's test results, saying the company will remove these three products and all other talc-based cosmetics from their stores. However, the statement also disputes the FDA's test results: "The recent test results that the FDA has shared with us show significant errors, in particular the FDA test reports have mis-characterized fibers in the products as asbestos, which is the established EPA and USP Criterion of EPA and USP precludes classifying asbestos fibers, "it states in their statement. "We are disappointed that the FDA has taken this step and we will continue to work with them to demonstrate the safety of our products."
Asbestos in makeup is definitely a health concern.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring material found in rocks and soils SELF previously declared it and most of us are exposed to small amounts of it . sometime in our lives. But also asbestos is often found near talc a compound commonly used in cosmetics. "If talc is not carefully selected during the degradation and steps are taken to cleanse the talc sufficiently, the talc may be contaminated with asbestos," the FDA warning states.
Long-term asbestos exposure can cause inflammation and scars that can lead to respiratory problems, says the National Cancer Institute . Asbestos is also known as a human carcinogen, mostly in the context of mesothelioma, a rare cancer that affects the tissues of the chest and abdomen. Therefore, the avoidance of asbestos exposure is of paramount importance wherever possible.
Basically, it's not something you want to spend a lot of time – and you definitely do not want to find it in your eyeshadow palette.
The FDA has also announced The industry and the congress are called upon to rethink the applicable cosmetics regulations.
Current regulations do not require that cosmetics be FDA-approved, tested or registered. All security checks are with the manufacturer. However, the FDA announced that it would ask manufacturers for new information on their testing and procurement procedures, especially with regard to asbestos and talc tests. "We believe that this information will help us to better identify certain cosmetic products and raw material suppliers that may be more contaminated, and to point out steps that the FDA can take to better protect consumers," the statement said.
The FDA will examine in detail the applicable regulations and request the Congress's support for modernization. "To improve consumer safety and secure our mission for years to come," the statement said, "a more modern approach could include tools tailored to cosmetics, including appropriate frameworks for registering and listing products and their components, as well as good regulations Manufacturing practice, reporting on adverse events by the company, access to records (including consumer complaints) during routine or routine inspections, mandatory recalls, disclosure of known cosmetic allergens on the label of a product, and review of ingredients. "
It is not exactly clear What that is The next steps will be, but we will see.