Researchers recently discovered that Just Shine Shimmer Powder makeup, sold at Justice, a national youth retail chain, tested positive for asbestos.
The Scientific Analytical Institute (SAI), based out of Greensboro, NC found that tremolite asbestos fibers contaminated the talc used in the product. Sean Fitzgerald, the Director of Research at SAI commented that the mineral reserve the talc was derived from should have been tested for this dangerous mineral, and that if it had been properly tested it would have never been cleared by the FDA.
"In this powder designed for children, they could die an untimely death in their 30s or 40s because of the exposure to asbestos in this product," said Fitzgerald.
Justice has since pulled the products from its shelves and stopped selling it through their website. They have also started an independent investigation into Just Shine Shimmer Powder.
"Fibers like this get into your breathing zone, and when you inhale, these fibers can get into the lung and go to the very bottom of the lung, and that is exactly where you have the greatest likelihood of asbestos to cause disease," Fitzgerald said. "Children should not be allowed to breathe it. If a 10-year-old inhaled this fiber today, when he's 50 years old, it's still there."
In addition to asbestos, SAI also discovered the presence of lead, selenium, chromium and barium in the product.
"The more lead you have in your system, the more negative health effects you're going to have," Fitzgerald explained. "Any amount of lead can be absorbed through the skin and go into your blood, and contribute to your overall poisoning of your blood."
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