FDA warns some Claire's cosmetics may contain asbestos

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use specific Claire's cosmetic products because they may be contaminated with asbestos fibers.

According to the FDA, the following products tested positive for tremolite asbestos during FDA testing:
•    Claire’s Eye Shadows – Batch No/Lot No: 08/17
•    Claire’s Compact Powder – Batch No/Lot No: 07/15
•    Claire’s Contour Palette – Batch No/Lot No: 04/17

The FDA sampled and had tested targeted cosmetic products following reports of contaminated cosmetics marketed by Claire’s.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is often found near talc, an ingredient in many cosmetic products. Asbestos is a known carcinogen and its health risks are well-documented. According to the FDA, if talc mining sites are not selected carefully and steps are taken to purify the talc ore sufficiently, the talc may be contaminated with asbestos.

The FDA is not aware of any adverse reactions associated with exposure to these Claire’s products. Health care professionals and consumers are encouraged to report any adverse events potentially related to the products.

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