Published: Sun, December 31, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Claire's: Independent testing shows 'asbestos free' children's makeup

Claire's: Independent testing shows 'asbestos free' children's makeup

Health Canada says it has requested to see testing data from Claire's Stores Inc. following reports that asbestos has been found in certain cosmetic products sold by the global retailer of youth-oriented jewelry and accessories.

Claire's, the Hoffman Estates-based accessories retailer, announced that it has pulled some of its makeup products off the shelves after a woman said the she found asbestos in her daughter's makeup.

"Out of an abundance of caution, additional testing is underway", the company said in its Friday statement.

According to WJAR, the tests revealed that the makeup contained tremolite asbestos, which is a toxic material that causes cancer.

Girls' fashion retailer Claire's, which had recalled nine cosmetic products recently, says preliminary tests that it commissioned show they are, in fact, free of asbestos.

In a website posting Friday, the company said it will continue to honor returns from customers who are uncomfortable with using the makeup following the asbestos claims.

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The asbestos allegations come as the chain is struggling amid declining mall traffic.

It all began when Kristi Warner, a clerk for a Rhode Island law firm that specializes in asbestos litigation, got suspicious about her 6-year-old daughter's Claire's glitter makeup kit.

Warner and her boss chose to purchase 17 additional Claire's makeup products from different states and have them tested as well.

The Sun Online has asked the retailer to clarify if the sets have been on sale in the United Kingdom and if they have been tested for asbestos but so far it hasn't responded to our calls.

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, which is fatal. "We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with relevant country regulations and guidelines".

"We have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale", the statement reads. "Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action".

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