Claire's pulls items off shelves over asbestos scare

(WJAR) - Claire's, the popular kids accessories chain, is pulling more than a dozen items from store shelves after a Rhode Island family found asbestos in their daughter's makeup.

Concerned about ingredients in the glitter makeup, Kristi Warner sent her 6-year-old's makeup to an independent lab and found the makeup to contain tremolite asbestos -- a toxic cancer-causing material.

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma, which is 100 percent fatal.

That led Warner to get help from her boss, a lawyer at an East Providence, Rhode Island law firm, to get different makeup kits from Claire's stores in different states. In all, they purchased 17 more makeup products from nine states.

The results were not good: Every product tested contained tremolite asbestos according to Sean Fitzgerald of Scientific Analytical Institute.

"The majority of the products came from the store shelves in the last two weeks means that there are other children being exposed," he said.

Last week, Claire's issued a response:

"As a result of [Friday's] inquiry ... we have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale and will be conducting an immediate investigation into the alleged issues."

For more information on the products being pulled, visit Claire's website.


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