Claire’s Caves, Recalls Makeup Products Following FDA’s Asbestos Finding
The jewelry and cosmetics retailer announced March 11 that it is voluntarily recalling selected lots of three makeup products due to the “possible presence of asbestos fibers.” FDA issued a safety alert the previous week that has made Claire’s the latest poster child for cosmetics regulatory reform.
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SAI Lab Director ‘Elated’ By Federal Talc-Asbestos Testing Recs: ‘We Need To Be Aware That It’s There’
State-of-the-art testing approaches increasingly show that asbestos contamination of cosmetic talc is a concern worthy of the renewed attention it is receiving from federal agencies, says Scientific Analytical Institute’s research director Sean Fitzgerald.
The FDA is focused on driving adoption of more sensitive, standardized testing methods for assessing cosmetic talc purity, which it believes would yield more consistent results across labs. This would help to inform research into the health implications of trace levels of asbestos and other elongate mineral particles in talc; in the interim it could to be damaging to companies that supply or use that talc.
Proposing $4m bump in FY 2020 for Office of Cosmetics and Colors, House appropriators are "concerned that FDA’s current authority and resources to oversee cosmetics and personal care products are inadequate to properly ensure the safety of cosmetics products.”