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Consumer group confirms asbestos in Claire's makeup

Several months ago, a consumer sent products purchased at Claire's to be tested for asbestos. The results were shocking: several makeup products targeted to teens came back positive for asbestos.

Claire's removed the makeup from its shelves and conducted an internal investigation. According to Claire's, none of the products it tested were contaminated with asbestos. 

New test confirms asbestos

A consumer watchdog group re-tested 15 makeup products. According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a non-profit, an accredited asbestos testing laboratory found 15 different makeup products tested positive for high levels of asbestos. Three of those were from Claire's.

Despite the new test reports, Claire's continues to deny there has ever been asbestos in any of its products. 

Talc products often contain asbestos

Asbestos has long been a known carcinogen. Inhaling asbestos dust causes mesothelioma and lung cancer. While asbestos is only used in limited manufacturing processes now, asbestos is often found in talc. This is because talc is often found near asbestos. When mined, the talc can become contaminated with asbestos. 

Unfortunately, talc is used in a number of consumer products, from makeup to feminine hygiene products and even lawn fertilizer. 

Mesothelioma slow to develop

There is a long latency period between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. By the time a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma, they may have forgotten the source of their exposure. And because it is difficult to diagnose, many mesothelioma patients are not diagnosed until later stages of the cancer, meaning their prognosis is not good. 

It remains to be seen just how dangerous and common it is for asbestos to be found in makeup. However, it is clear that consumers need more information about whether they may have been exposed to asbestos. 

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