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Claire's pulls children's makeup from shelves after family finds asbestos

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Claire's has pulled 17 products off store shelves after a family in Rhode Island discovered asbestos in their 6-year-old daughter's makeup.

According to our sister station WJAR, the make-up was purchased at store in the Providence Place Mall, but the family warns this is a nationwide concern.

WJAR reports Kristi Warner was concerned about the ingredients in her 6-year-old daughter Mackenzie's glitter makeup kit, purchased at Claire's. Warner mailed the makeup to an independent lab in North Carolina.

Test results revealed tremolite asbestos, which is a toxic, cancer-causing material.

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma. It is 100 percent fatal.

Concerned other kids might be exposed, Kristi and her boss John Deaton purchased 17 more Claire makeup products from nine different states.

Sean Fitzgerald of Scientific Analytical Institute, the scientist who conducted the tests, told NBC 10 he was shocked by how pervasive the results were. He found tremolite asbestos in every single product.

The products are being pulled from stores, but it's important to make sure this makeup isn't already in your home.

Below is a list of affected products:

  • Ultimate Mega Make Up Set code 71844
  • Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set code 76094
  • Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact code 26556
  • Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set code 11767
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Star Make Up Set code 20926
  • Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set code 97275
  • Mint Glitter Make Up Set code 74769
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Make Up Set code 21044
  • Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss code 97276

Claire's issued a response to the report last Friday.

At Claire’s the safety of our customers is of paramount importance, and we are passionate about the safety and integrity of our products. We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines.
As a result of today’s inquiry from WJAR-TV, 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. Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action.

On Wednesday, Claire's issued a second response:

We have retained an independent laboratory to test the cited products in order to determine whether the recent news reports are accurate. In the interim we have stopped sales of the products and are issuing full refunds to concerned customers. As always, the safety of our customers and products is our top priority.
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