Popular Makeup Lines Recalled After Asbestos Found, FDA Says

June 10, 2019 Updated: June 10, 2019

Two makeup kits were recalled after asbestos was found in it, according to the FDA.

The agency issued the recall on June 6 for the Beauty Plus Global Contour Effects Palette 2 and Claire’s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set. Beauty Plus Global is a Chinese-based company while Claire’s is based in Chicago.

“Today the FDA has updated its Safety Alert to warn consumers not to use [these] two additional products,” it said in a statement.

“Beauty Plus Global Contour Effects Palette 2, Batch No. S1603002/PD-C1179; Claire’s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set, SKU #888711136337, Batch/Lot No. S180109 because they tested positive for asbestos. Last week both Beauty Plus and Claire’s recalled their respective products, and consumers who have these batches/Lots of Claire’s or Beauty Plus products should stop using them,” the FDA wrote.

The recall comes three months after other Claire’s products were pulled from shelves amid asbestos concerns.

The JoJo Siwa set draws upon the popularity of JoJo Siwa, 16, who is popular with teenage girls, according to USA Today. She appeared on “Dance Moms” and has her own YouTube channel with about 10 million subscribers.

Siwa hasn’t made a statement on the matter.

“Trace amounts of asbestos fibers” were found after testing the eye shadow, Claire’s told USA Today.

In a statement, Claire’s told USA Today that it previously “voluntarily recalled the JoJo Cosmetic Kit out of an abundance of caution.”

“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.” the company told the paper. “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. We will provide a full refund to any customers who purchased the product.”

It added that “the FDA test reports have mischaracterized fibers in the products as asbestos, in direct contradiction to established EPA and USP criterion for classifying asbestos fibers.”

Claire's products subject to advisory
The FDA in March also issued a consumer advisory against the use of certain Claire’s makeup products over concerns they may contain cancer-causing asbestos. (FDA)

Consumers with questions about the recall can go to Claire’s website.

Asbestos is used to refer to six naturally occurring silicate minerals, and they’re composed of thin, fibrous crystals. According to Asbestos.com, exposure is linked to “several cancers and diseases, including mesothelioma and asbestosis.”

Chrysotile Asbestos fibres mined in Asbestos, Quebec. The Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Medical Association are asking the federal government to make a public registry of all buildings that contain Asbestos. (Laurent Vu/AFP/Getty Images)

“Although asbestos strengthens and fireproofs materials, it is banned in many countries. Asbestos is not banned in the United States,” it said, adding, “Pure asbestos is an effective insulator, and it can be used in cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them stronger. But when someone inhales or ingests asbestos dust, the mineral fibers can become forever trapped in their body.”

The main exporters of asbestos are China, Russia, and Kazakhstan, the website says.

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