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What’s asbestos and why is it so dangerous?
Girls’ fashion retailer Claire’s, which had recalled nine cosmetic products recently, says preliminary tests that it commissioned show they are, in fact, free of asbestos.
A Providence, R.I., TV station had aired a story about a local law firm’s test of a Claire’s product, saying it contained asbestos, In response, Claire’s recalled the product and ordered its own tests.
On Friday, Claire’s said the initial results of testing by an “independent certified laboratory show that the cosmetics tested to date are asbestos free. 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.”
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Officials could not be reached for additional comment.
However, Claire’s, a chain based in Pembroke Pines, Fla., said it will continue to honor returns for any customers remaining uncomfortable. Claire’s hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, 800-804-7194.
Items include the Bedazzled Rainbow Heart makeup set and Metallic Hot Pink Glitter makeup.
Exposure to asbestos, once commonly used for building insulation, has been found to lead to certain types of cancers and tumors on internal organs.
In Providence, R.I., local TV station WPRI reached out to Claire’s after an employee of the firm, which specializes in asbestos litigation, had the makeup tested and found asbestos.
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“You assume that when you’re purchasing it, it is safe,” said the employee, Kristiana Warner.
The recall and refunds come at a perilous time for Claire’s. The retailer, which was bought by private equity firm Apollo Global Management in 2007 in a roughly $3.1 billion deal is, like many of its peers, coping with a steep debt load while also adjusting to the changing retail landscape.