FDA Finds Asbestos in Cosmetic Products

The FDA said the company, Claire’s, refused to comply with a recall of products that tested positive for asbestos. So the FDA has issued a safety alert to the public.

The FDA warning pertains to: Claire’s Eye Shadows – Batch No/Lot No: 08/17; Claire’s Compact Powder – Batch No/Lot No: 07/15; and Claire’s Contour Palette – Batch No/Lot No: 04/17.  

The FDA said there are currently no requirements for any cosmetic manufacturer selling goods in the US to test their products for safety. As of 2009, the EU banned 1328 chemicals in cosmetics. As of 2018, the US has banned only 11 chemicals in cosmetics.

The FDA has come under pressure from consumer advocates to investigate asbestos contamination of talc, following a report published by Reuters about contaminated talc in Johnson & Johnson powders. The report showed Johnson & Johnson did not disclose its test results.

The US Public Interest Research Group reported the Dutch health and safety regulator ordered Claire’s to remove several cosmetics products from stores in the Netherlands, after a study showed contamination with asbestos.

The FDA learned of the reports of asbestos in several cosmetics sold by Claire’s and another retailer, Justice. The two retailers removed products, such as glitter creams, eye shadows and make-up kits.

Then the FDA ordered independent tests and the results received in February confirmed asbestos in three Claire’s products and one Justice product. The Justice product has been recalled from the market.



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