Asbestos In The News

On May 15, 2020, the non-partisan Environmental Working Group issued a press release stating asbestos has been discovered in eye shadow kits that are talc based. Read on to learn more. The entire press release can be read here.

Laboratory tests performed by the Scientific Analytical Institute of Greensboro, NC or behalf of the Environmental Working Group found up to approximately 3.9 million asbestos fiber structures per single gram of Jmkcoz brand eye shadow that is marketed and sold on Amazon. Of the 45 shades they tested, no less than 40 were discovered to contain asbestos.

Further tests discovered more asbestos in a second Jmkcoz product, the Beauty Glazed Gorgeous Me Eye Shadow Tray Palette, where asbestos was found a ta rate of 3.5 million asbestos fiber structures per single gram. Twenty percent of the twenty-five shade on offer through Ebay and Amazon were found to contain asbestos.

“We urge anyone who has purchased either of these products for themselves, family or friends to take the necessary steps to ensure they are no longer being used,” said Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group. “And we call on these companies and online retailers to immediately pull both of these products from their respective websites. Asbestos, even at the smallest levels of exposure, can cause serious harm – even death – later in life.”

The press release from the Environmental Working Group also states similar discoveries from the recent past:

  • In January, similar lab tests commissioned by EWG found asbestos in a talc-containing children’s toy makeup set.
  • In October 2019, Johnson & Johnson issued a voluntary recall of its baby powder after the Food and Drug Administration found trace levels of asbestos in samples of the popular product.
  • In March 2019, the FDA issued a rare alert, urging consumers to stop using certain cosmetics products from the national retailer Claire’s, after the agency found the deadly carcinogen asbestos in at least three different talc-based products.
  • The FDA issued a similar safety alert in September after the agency found asbestos in at least four different talc-based products marketed by Beauty Plus.
  • In 2015, EWG Action Fund, EWG’s 501(c)(4) sister organization, found asbestos fibers in several brands of children’s crayons and toy crime scene investigation kits.
  • In 2007, tests commissioned by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization also found the lethal fiber in a toy fingerprint kit named after the television show “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
  • In 2000, an investigation by journalists from the Seattle Post Intelligencer discovered asbestos in imported crayons made with talc.

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