Claire’s stores pull make-up kits due to asbestos concerns

Claire’s, the popular kids’ accessories chain, is pulling more than a dozen items from store shelves after a Rhode Island family found asbestos in their 6-year-old daughter’s makeup.

Kristi Warner was concerned about the ingredients in her six year old daughter’s glitter makeup kit that the family purchased at their local Claire’s. So, the Barrington mom who works for Deaton Law Firm, mailed the makeup to an independent lab in North Carolina. Test results revealed the makeup to have Tremolite Asbestos, a toxic cancer causing material in it. Exposure to this has been linked to Mesothelioma which is one hundred percent fatal.

“In the work that we do, we’ve come across contaminated cosmetics, but you just assume that a children’s product would be safe,” says the concerned mom who is now looking out for the safety of other children who might be exposed.

Kristi and her boss, John Deaton have purchased seventeen more Claire’s makeup products from nine different states. The results weren’t good. Tremolite Asbestos was found in every single product.

Immediately following a news report by a local news station in Providence, Rhode Island, Claire’s released a statement saying: “As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR, 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.”

On December 27, Claire’s issued an updated statement, saying, “Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action. If you have items you wish to return in the interim period we will issue a refund.”

Here’s a list of the items of concern:

  • Ultimate Mega Make-up Set, Item code 71844
  • Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48-Piece Make-up Set, Item code 76094
  • Pink Glitter Cell Phone Make-up Compact, Item code 26556
  • Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Make-up Set, Item code 11767
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Star Make-up Set, Item code 20926
  • Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Make-up Set, Item code 97275
  • Mint Glitter Make-up Set, Item code 74769
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Make-up Set, Item code 21044
  • Pink Glitter Palette with eye shadow and lip gloss, Item code 97276

More information about the products is at this link.

Claire’s hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 800-804-7194.

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