Scientist says he found asbestos in children’s products, on shelves of popular store in 9 different states: Report

Claire’s cosmetics stores pulled at least 17 products from their shelves last month after a Rhode Island family discovered that their 6-year-old daughter wore children’s makeup that allegedly contained asbestos. In Jan., the store announced that its products were asbestos-free, but a scientist who independently tested numerous products from various Claire’s stores disagrees.

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NBC10 reports that the family purchased the makeup kit from a Claire’s store in a Providence mall. However, according to the family of the victim, the problem is not exclusive to Rhode Island alone. After Kristy Weaver became concerned with what was inside the makeup her little girl put on her face, she sent the kit off for analysis at an independent North Carolina laboratory.

“I physically sank,” Warner told NBC10. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home.”

According to test results, the makeup kit contained tremolite asbestos, a toxic type of asbestos linked with life-threatening illnesses such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and asbestos-related lung cancer.

Warner, worried that other children could be using the same product, enlisted the help of her boss at a law firm, John Deaton, to help her purchase 17 different products from Claire’s in nine different areas of the nation. All 17 kits were sent off for testing. The results were reportedly devastating.

According to a scientist responsible for conducting the tests, Sean Fitzgerald of Scientific Analytical Institute, tremolite asbestos was detected in every single product he tested.

The products in question, according to Forbes, include:

  • 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

“The fact that the majority of the products came from the store shelves in the last two weeks means that there are other children being exposed,” Warner added.

Claire’s Responds

After the cosmetics store was confronted with the results, it released a statement on Dec. 22, indicating that for precautionary measures, the kits had been pulled from the shelves.

“As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale, and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues,” the statement read.

On Jan. 4, however, Claire’s released another statement after it had its own independent lab testing done. According to cosmetics store, the makeup kits were asbestos-free.

“We are pleased to report that test results received to date from two certified independent labs confirm that the products in question are asbestos free, completely safe and meet all government requirements,” the latest statement read, according to CNBC.

The company stated that the talc used in the makeup kit products were from the pharmaceutical company, Merck KGaA. Merck provided certificates of analysis to both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, which indicated that their talc contains no asbestos.

“Any report that suggests that the products are not safe is totally false,” a spokesperson for Claire’s reported.

Yet, Fitzgerald told CNBC that regardless of what Claire’s said, he stands by the results he found from his own testing. He said some companies use testing methods that aren’t currently up to today’s standards. Claire’s responded by saying that it asked for the details of the test that Fitzgerald performed, but never received them.

“We only learned of the claims after they went to the press,” the statement from Claire’s read. “We have made multiple requests for Mr. Fitzgerald’s detailed test data, but it has not been provided to us. Mr. Fitzgerald also went to the press in July with claims that testing of cosmetics from Justice showed evidence of asbestos, which Justice refuted after analysis of a third-party ISO-certified testing lab.”

According to Fitzgerald, the law firm Warner works for has the detailed test results, which has been sent over to Claire’s, outlining the the testing methods used. Further, Fitzgerald said that the law firm still has the products that were tested and that Claire’s has not tested those specific products for asbestos.

Claire’s has yet to publicly indicate which labs were used to test the products. The cosmetics company also hasn’t shared the test results results publicly.

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