Claire's Recalls JoJo Siwa Makeup After Asbestos Was Discovered

by Thea Glassman
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Claire’s recalled a makeup set because there was asbestos discovered in it

Today in gross, dangerous news, Claire’s is recalling their JoJo Siwa Makeup Set after discovering that it was contaminated with asbestos. The FDA put out a statement warning customers to stop using the product immediately and added that people should also stay clear of Beauty Plus Global Contour Effects Palette 2, because it tested positive for asbestos as well.

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The JoJo Siwa makeup kit, which contains eye shadow, two lip glosses, and nail polish, was designed specifically for young women. Claire’s voluntarily recalled the product after the contamination was discovered and noted in a statement that the asbestos was found inside the eyeshadow palette.

“Claire’s Stores, Inc. has voluntarily recalled the JoJo Cosmetic Kit out of an abundance of caution after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated the possible presence of trace amounts of asbestos fibers in the powder eyeshadow element of the kit,” they explained, per The TODAY Show.

Despite the recall, the company was still a little hesitant to fully own up their product’s faulty issues.

“Claire’s stands behind the safety of this item and all other Claire’s cosmetic items, as such small trace amounts are considered acceptable under European and Canadian cosmetic safety regulations,” the company’s spokesperson said. “In addition, last year Claire’s moved to talc-free cosmetic manufacturing to prevent any further concerns about talc contamination. Claire’s also supports increased FDA oversight of personal care products. We will provide a full refund to any customers who purchased the product.”

Still, asbestos is a serious, serious issue. The World Health Organization noted that there were 107,000 asbestos-related deaths in 2004 and 1,523,000 Disability Adjusted Life Years. “All types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs),” the organization explained.

This seems to be an ongoing issue with Claire’s. This past March, the jewelry store recalled three products (Claire’s Eye Shadows, Claire’s Compact Powder and Claire’s Contour Palette) because of asbestos contamination.

Claire’s released a similar statement after the recall, reassuring customers that their products weren’t dangerous. “We assure customers that our products are safe,” the company said on Twitter. “Out of 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. We will honor returns of Claire’s talc based cosmetics.”

This worrisome news isn’t going unnoticed. There’s currently a bill on the table called Children’s Product Warning Label Act which would force retailers to indicate whether or not a children’s cosmetics product had been tested for asbestos.

“I think there is an assumption that someone somewhere is protecting them,” Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a co-sponsor of the bill, said. “The average American uses about ten of them every day and is exposed to about 126 unique chemicals from these products. This includes countless products marketed towards and used by children. I will continue to fight for full disclosure of the many chemicals in our products, including dangerous carcinogens like asbestos.”

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