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Claire's Pulls Children's Makeup Over Asbestos

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Accessory and jewelry retailer Claire's has pulled children's makeup from its shelves after a Rhode Island mom discovered that a makeup set she bought for her daughter contained asbestos.

Kristie Warner, of Barrington, sent a sample from her 6-year-old daughter's glittery makeup set to an independent lab in North Carolina for testing, according to the New York Post.

Warner said she "physically sank" when she received results revealing that the kit was contaminated with asbestos, a toxic mineral linked to a type of cancer called mesothelioma.

"I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home," said Warner. "You just assume that a children's product would be safe."

Warner and her boss then purchased Claire's products from nine states to find out if the asbestos contamination was nationwide.

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The Scientific Analytical Institute said it found tremolite asbestos in all 17 of the products tested.

"There were high levels of asbestos in the first color of eye shadow, so I tested three other colors and found it again," said the Sean Fitzgerald, who works at the institute, according to CNN. "Then the firm and I had friends and relatives across the country go out and buy that aqua-colored kit and some others and send those to me for testing."

It's reportedly unclear which ingredient in the makeup may have contained asbestos.

Claire's has removed nine products from shelves as a "precautionary measure." The retailer is also offering full refunds to consumers. Claire's said it plans to test the products at an independent lab.

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In a Dec. 29 update to a Facebook post about the reports of contaminated makeup, Claire's said additional testing was being done.

"The initial results of testing by an independent certified laboratory show that the cosmetics tested to date are asbestos free," read the update. "Out of an abundance of caution, additional testing is underway. We have also confirmed that the talcum ingredient supply is from a certified asbestos free European vendor. We will continue to honor returns for any customers remaining uncomfortable."

The products in question include the Ultimate Mega Make Up Set, Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set, Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact, Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set, Rainbow Bedazzled Star Make Up Set, Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set, Mint Glitter Make Up Set, Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Make Up Set, and the Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss, according to Forbes.

Teen and youth retailer Justice also pulled products in 2017 over reports of asbestos in makeup from the same lab. Justice then dismissed the lab's results after their own independent tests showed no traces of asbestos.

Sources: New York Post, CNN, Forbes / Featured Image: Mike Mozart/Flickr / Embedded Images:, NanshyOfficial/Flickr

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