Claire's pulls kids' makeup after tests find asbestos

Published: Dec. 27, 2017 at 5:18 PM CST
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What started with a Rhode Island mother's concern had Claire's stores last week beginning to pull some children's makeup off their shelves.

The makeup is pulled over asbestos claims by the mother and a Rhode Island law firm. Subsequent tests backed up the initial claim.

Providence, Rhode Island CBS station WPRI says the retail chain said it plans to investigate the claims and "is taking action out of an abundance of caution."

The girl's mother tells WPRI the glitter makeup kit at the center of the concern was one of her daughter's favorites.

"You assume that when you're purchasing it, it's safe," the girl's mother told the station.

The Rhode Island mother works at a law firm that specializes in asbestos litigation, WPRI reports. She tells the station she was already working with a lab on another case and decided to have her daughter's makeup testes.

The mother showed a report that the glitter makeup came back positive for asbestosis after being tested at the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, N.C., WPRI reports.

An attorney for the Rhode Island firm told the station the next step was to test more makeup.

WPRI reports 17 makeups from Claire's stores in nine states tested "positive at alarming rates," a letter from the Scientific Analytical Institute says.

The makeup included eyeshadows, blushes and compact powders.

"This clearly is not an isolated incident," the attorney says.

WPRI reports a Claire's spokesperson told the station safety is paramount and issued the following statement:

“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 (last week's) inquiry from WPRI-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.”

WPRI reports, "Claire’s said if you already have this makeup in your home and you’re uncomfortable about using it, you can return it to the store for a full refund."