A recent safety warning that has been issued the Food and Drug Administration has consumers, particularly parents, concerned about their children’s safety. Cosmetics sold and by the company called Claire’s are apparently often used by tweens and teens. Some of their cosmetics are said by the FDA to have tested positive for asbestos. Although the company disputes the findings of the independent testing, the company has removed the products which are no longer for sale. Many products are subject to recall by federal consumer agencies, products such as cars, toys, appliances and many others are recalled on safety concerns. However, under current law and regulations, cosmetics are not subject to recall. The only recourse for the government was to issue a safety warning. A recall was requested, but Claire’s preferred only to remove the products from sale. If you have any Claire cosmetics products in your home, it would be most safe to throw them out.

The publicity about these cosmetics has many concerned. If the testing is correct, the products could have exposed young people to asbestos. The FDA’s statement about this situation was fairly harsh, noting that the company refused to voluntarily recall the cosmetics which they say compelled their need to continue to publicize the safety concerns about it. On the other hand, the company claimed the fibers that were said to be asbestos, were mischaracterized. Continue reading