New bill pushes to keep asbestos out of children’s makeup

Earlier this month, legislation got involved in a bid to place warning labels on all children’s makeup that contains asbestos, a law that currently isn’t in place in the U.S.

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ABC reports that U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell introduced the new bill, after a 2017 investigation that determined a number of children’s makeup kits sold at Claire’s shops contained asbestos. The investigation began after a mother in  Rhode Island became interested in the ingredients inside the makeup her little girl was putting on her face. Working with an independent lab, the mother learned that at least 17 makeup kids sold by Claire’s contained the dangerous tremolite asbestos.

Representatives for Claire’s denied the accusations and stated that during its own independent lab testing, no asbestos was found. Regardless, the accusation was enough to spark the new bill and resulted in the store quickly pulling the following makeup kits off its shelves.

  • Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set
  • Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact
  • Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Star Make Up Set
  • Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set
  • Mint Glitter Make Up Set
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Make Up Set
  • Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss
  • Ultimate Mega Make Up Set

“Parents across the country should have the peace of mind in knowing that the cosmetics they buy for their children are safe,” Dingell said during a press release. “No child should be exposed to asbestos through the use of common, everyday products.”

That is why I introduced the Children’s Product Warning Label Act of 2018, which would require all cosmetics marketed to children to contain a warning label that the product may contain asbestos unless the manufacturer can prove otherwise to the FDA.”

Prior to Claire’s, another chain store, Justice, that sells children’s items, recalled a similar item after a television station in North Carolina accused the store of selling a product that contained asbestos. “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” was said to have contained talc filled with asbestos. The product also reportedly numerous other heavy metals.

There is currently no federal law in place that requires companies to test its cosmetics for asbestos. Earlier this month, Dingell said the FDA should have much more authority over decisions concerning harmful ingredients that go into children’s makeup. She indicated that if the bill doesn’t pass, consumers should become more proactive.

“But if Congress is unwilling to consider this approach, we should start taking common sense steps to protect our children by passing my legislation to ensure consumers have all the facts about the products they purchase. Congress must make this a priority in 2018.”

The issue doesn’t lie with just children’s makeup. There have been numerous talc-related lawsuit in recent years against giant companies such as Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson. Many talc-related products often have asbestos mixed in them. Further, in 2015, several stores, including  Toys “R” Us and Party City were selling children’s crayons that contained asbestos.

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