The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers about JoJo Siwa makeup kits, which have been recalled due to “dangerous” levels of asbestos.
The makeup kit, sold through Claire’s in the US, was recalled after a batch of the products tested positive for the substance.
YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa is well known around the globe for her bright costumes, glitzy makeup and BIG bows, which are a big hit with the little ones.
This recall will come as a huge concern for parents who have JoJo Siwa merchandise in their homes, particularly as the makeup kit was one of the brand’s top-selling products.
After the JoJo Siwa makeup kit, which includes eye shadows, lip and nail products, tested positive for asbestos, the FDA issued a warning for consumers to stop using the product immediately – deeming it a serious health risk.
Reports have revealed that the asbestos was found in the eye shadow palette and following the discovery Claire’s has removed the products from its shelves and is offering consumers a full refund.
While Siwa has not yet publicly commented on the asbestos discovery, a spokesperson for Claire’s has apparently told news outlets in the US that the company stands behind the safety of this and other Claire’s cosmetics, “as such small trace amounts are considered acceptable under European and Canadian cosmetic safety regulations.”
This is the second time in three months that Claire’s has issued a product recall over concerns of asbestos-contaminated products. The discoveries come as part of an ongoing investigation by the FDA. In addition, to JoJo Siwa’s makeup kit, the FDA included a recall alert for Beauty Plus Global’s Contour Effects Palette 2 (Batch No. S1603002/PD-C1179) after that too tested positive for asbestos.
The dirt on asbestos
Asbestos is a harmful fibre in which exposure can cause serious health implications decades later. Asbestos exposure has been linked to lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other pulmonary diseases.
Asbestos can end up in cosmetics due to poor regulations involving cosmetic-grade talc. Because asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral often found near talc, when talc is mined for commercial use it can become contaminated with asbestos.
While this alert has been issued in the US and these kits are not available in Australia, if you happen to have bought or been sent JoJo makeup from overseas, you might want to check it out.