Just before the holidays, a Rhode Island mother went out Christmas shopping for her young daughter. She bought some glittery cosmetics from Claire’s–an accessory store that sells jewelry and beauty products aimed at young and teenage girls. As a clerk for a law firm that focuses on asbestos litigation, the mother decided to have the product tested. What she discovered horrified her: asbestos was present in the make-up.
She took the story to local news outlet WPRI, who went on to perform tests on different versions of the same product procured from Claire’s stores in nine different states. All of the tests reportedly came back positive.
Claire’s has now issued a recall on all problematic make-up sets–all of them glittery and bedazzled varieties. The store has pulled these cosmetics from their shelves and is offering refunds to their customers while it performs further testing.
One might expect products intended to be applied to one’s face to be safe. However, this problem is not new. Earlier this year, asbestos was also found in cosmetics sold by retailer Justice.
Asbestos–which was previously used as building insulation until it was banned in the late 20th century–can lead to devastating impacts on one’s health. It has been shown to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer as well as other types of cancer.
If you or a loved one has been inadvertently exposed to asbestos through a product that claims to be safe, you have the right to pursue legal action. An attorney experienced in product liability can help walk you through the process.