Asbestos found in "Claire's" makeup for children

Claire's, the popular kids accessories chain, is pulling more than a dozen items from its store shelves after a Rhode Island family discovered asbestos in their 6-year-old daughter's 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.

Warner, crediting her investigative nature to her work with a law firm, told NBC news station WJAR that she "physically sank" when she got the call about the test results.

After receiving the news, Warner and her boss John Deaton then chose to purchase other products from Claire's at various locations, sending them all in for their own tests.

The results came back positive for tremolite asbestos.

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Sean Fitzgerald of Scientific Analytical Institute, the scientist who conducted the tests, said he was shocked that he found tremolite asbestos in every single product.

The national teen makeup and jewelry store announced that it has pulled nine products from its stores after testing positive for cancer-causing asbestos. Warner said that while working at the Deaton Law Firm, she would run into contaminated cosmetics, "but you just assume a childrens product would be safe". Because of the discovery, 16 other products sold at Claire's have been pulled.

In a Facebook post, officials said the safety of their customers is "of paramount importance", and that they were investigating the claims. We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines. "Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action".

WPRI reports, "Claire's said if you already have this makeup in your home and you're uncomfortable about using it, you can return it to the store for a full refund".

If Christmas shopping took you to to your local Claires, you might want to take notice.

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