FDA warns consumers after asbestos found in Claire's makeup

FDA warns consumers after asbestos found in Claire's makeup
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning Tuesday regarding items from Claire's, a beauty and jewelry store for young girls, saying asbestos was found in three samples of the company's cosmetic products.

"Tests confirmed the presence of asbestos in three of the product samples collected from Claire’s," the FDA said in its announcement. The agency warned customers not to use specific batches of Claire’s eye shadows, compact powders and contour palettes, which all tested positive for asbestos.

The agency cautioned customers against using Claire's products because the company did not issue a recall at the FDA's request.

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Claire's said in a statement to The Hill that it is removing the products in question from its stores but denied they contain asbestos.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we have removed the three products identified by the FDA from our stores, and are also removing any remaining talc based cosmetic products," the company said. "We will honor returns of any Claire’s talc based cosmetics."

"There is no evidence that any products sold by Claire’s are unsafe," the company added. "In early 2018, the three items identified by the FDA were extensively tested by multiple independent accredited laboratories, and all products were found to be compliant with all relevant cosmetic safety regulations."

The company said the FDA test "mischaracterized" fibers in its products as asbestos.

In a new statement on Friday, Claire's said it had "switched to talc-free manufacturing of our cosmetics" last year. 

"Although some products containing talc were still available in stores, in response to FDA’s concerns about three of our make-up products, we have pulled those items as well as any remaining talc-based inventory, all of which are being destroyed. We will provide a full refund to anyone who returns talc-based products," the statement read.

Another children's retailer, Justice, also was named in the FDA report. The agency said asbestos was found in one of Justice's products, but that the company had recalled that product as well as other "suspect" items.

"Justice quickly and responsibly issued a voluntary recall in 2017 out of an abundance of caution," a company spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday. "The well-being of our customers sits at the heart of everything we do each and every day."

Updated at 5:16 p.m. on Friday.