Makeup product for children found to contain asbestos

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 18, 2017

Tween girls love a Justice store, but the latest news involving cosmetics sold at the national chain isn't exactly heartwarming. Of the makeup powder, he told WTVD, "I would treat it like a deadly poison, because it is".

According to Fitzgerald, talc, a common element found in cosmetics, was the main ingredient that turned out to be polluted with the toxic contaminant. WTVD notes that the FDA is very clear that it's unacceptable to use cosmetic talc contaminated with asbestos. "If a 10-year-old inhaled this fibre today, when he's 50 years old, it's still there".

Heavy metals barium, chromium, selenium and lead were also found in the highlighting powder. "Talc is a mineral, but it also forms in the earth with other minerals and some of those minerals are asbestos", Fitzgerald said.

WTVD/ABC-11's report also points out that while Justice likely did not intentionally use contaminated talc, stricter testing methods should have been enacted, since asbestos is especially harmful to children who are still developing and growing. In 2009 and 2010, the agency did test samples of talc from four suppliers along with 34 makeup samples and found no asbestos fibers in any of the samples tested.

"The more lead you have in your system, the more negative health effects you're going to have", Fitzgerald added. "Any amount of lead can be absorbed through the skin and go into your blood, and contribute to your overall poisoning of your blood".

Despite taking the product down from its site, as of Monday afternoon the retailer had yet to include the product on its recall list.

On Sunday, Justice responded to the investigation publicly in a post on Facebook.

"Justice is committed to the safety and integrity of our products". Upon receiving the inquiry from WTVD, we immediately began an independent investigation.

If you are anxious about talc (not to mention asbestos) in any of your beauty products, it's of course best to err on the side of caution. "We can not speculate regarding the matter while we investigate".

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