Claire’s accused of using asbestos in makeup

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Claire’s accused of using asbestos in makeup

A popular high street store has come under fire after a woman in the USA accused them of using asbestos in makeup products they sell.

Kristi Warner’s daughter had been given a glitter makeup set as a gift, purchased from Claire’s.

Ms Warner works for a law firm that specialises in asbestos litigation.

She was concerned that there may be asbestos in the makeup kit, so sent if off to a lab to be tested.

The lab results showed that the makeup contained tremolite asbestos.

Claire’s rubbish claims of asbestos in makeup

Claire’s strongly deny the presence of asbestos in makeup kits or any of their cosmetics.

To back this up, they had tests conducted at 2 independent labs.

The test results confirmed that there was no asbestos present in the products tested.

They say that these tests prove their products are completely safe and follow strict government guidelines.

accused of having asbestos in makeup and cosmetic products - Claire's jewelry shop
Claire’s have been accused of having asbestos in makeup

Initial tests are defended

The scientists that carried out the initial testing on the products on behalf of Ms Warner have defended the test results.

They say there is definitely asbestos in makeup that they tested.

Sean Fitzgerald, Director of research and legal services at the Scientific Analytical Institute, explained why.

He said that some other companies do not use up to date standards or testing methods.

Different labs use different testing methods, and he completely stands by the methods his company use.

Detailed test data requested

Claire’s have approached Deaton law firm, whom Ms Warner works for, and who are dealing with the case, asking for the detailed test data.

They say they have made multiple requests and to date have received nothing from them.

Ms Warner has stated that a document outlining the testing methods has been sent over to Claire’s for the time being.

But she also said that the products that were tested are still in the law firm’s possession, so Claire’s haven’t actually tested those specific products for asbestos.


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Published Jan 23, 2018
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