Popular tween store Claire\u2019s has once again been found creating products for children that contain asbestos. The store first\u00a0<a href="\/blog\/asbestos-found-in-claires-stores-makeup-for-children\/">came under fire in 2017<\/a>, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the presence of the toxin in three Claire\u2019s products, as well as several products from Justice, another tween and children\u2019s store. At the time, Claire\u2019s pulled the products from the shelves, but denied all reports that asbestos had been found in their makeup. In a company statement, they\u00a0<a href="\/blog\/new-investigation-finds-asbestos-in-claires-products-as-they-file-for-bankruptcy\/">reasoned<\/a>, "All our powder-based cosmetics use the same base formulation, utilizing Merck certified asbestos-free talc, which is the same talc used in other well-known cosmetic brands."\r\n\r\nNow, Claire\u2019s is facing backlash once more as the FDA announced\u00a0<a href="\/asbestos-exposure\/what-is-asbestos\/">asbestos<\/a>\u00a0was found in new makeup products made in collaboration with tween superstar JoJo Siwa.\r\n<h2>Claire\u2019s Recalls JoJo Siwa Makeup Kit<\/h2>\r\nLast week, the\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/www.fda.gov\/food\/cfsan-constituent-updates\/fda-alerts-consumers-about-cosmetic-products-recalled-due-presence-asbestos" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">FDA announced a recall<\/a>\u00a0on more Claire\u2019s makeup after continued testing of the products. An announcement first came in March 2019, when the federal agency placed a recall on the following Claire\u2019s products for containing asbestos:\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>Claire\u2019s Eye Shadows \u2013 Batch No\/Lot No: 08\/17<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Claire\u2019s Compact Powder \u2013 Batch No\/Lot No: 07\/15<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Claire\u2019s Contour Palette \u2013 Batch No\/Lot No: 04\/17<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nIn their latest announcement, the FDA recalled two asbestos-contaminated makeup products, one from Claire\u2019s and another from Beauty Plus:\r\n<ul>\r\n \t<li>Beauty Plus Global Contour Effects Palette 2, Batch No. S1603002\/PD-C1179<\/li>\r\n \t<li>Claire\u2019s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set, SKU #888711136337, Batch\/Lot No. S180109<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\nBoth retailers have already recalled the affected products, but any consumers who may have these makeups at home should immediately discontinue use and dispose of them.\r\n\r\nDespite taking actions to remove the impacted products from shelves, Claire\u2019s continues to stand by their products in light of this latest report and the reports from 2017. A spokesperson\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/www.today.com\/style\/claire-s-recalls-jojo-siwa-makeup-set-after-fda-finds-t155829" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer">said<\/a>, \u201cClaire\u2019s stands behind the safety of this item and all other Claire\u2019s cosmetic items, as such small trace amounts are considered acceptable under European and Canadian cosmetic safety regulations. In addition, last year Claire\u2019s moved to talc-free cosmetic manufacturing to prevent any further concerns about talc contamination. Claire\u2019s also supports increased FDA oversight of personal care products. We will provide a full refund to any customers who purchased the product.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn 2018, the\u00a0<a href="\/blog\/new-investigation-finds-asbestos-in-claires-products-as-they-file-for-bankruptcy\/">company filed for bankruptcy<\/a>\u00a0among more reports of asbestos contamination. Though Claire\u2019s was able to eliminate much of their debt, it\u2019s unclear how these new reports will impact the stores.\r\n<h2>Asbestos in Talc Continues to Be a Problem<\/h2>\r\nThe main culprit for asbestos-contaminated makeup is talc. In recent years, numerous talc products, including makeup and\u00a0<a href="\/asbestos-exposure\/products\/talc-powder\/">talcum powder<\/a>, have been in the news over reports of asbestos contamination. The two minerals can naturally be found near each other when mined, making it easy for miners to accidentally disturb an asbestos deposit. Contaminated talc has been a health concern for decades with the FDA first developing more intensive safety standards in 1973. Following the emergence of reports of asbestos in new makeup products in 2017, the FDA has made a bigger effort to reevaluate their safety standards and testing in the cosmetic industry.\r\n\r\nDespite the FDA\u2019s efforts, advocates worry that the health concerns of asbestos exposure won\u2019t be properly addressed anytime soon. In recent years, the toxin has been found in many products beyond talc, including children\u2019s toys, but law agencies have been slow to do more to remove the mineral.\r\n\r\nMost recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced\u00a0<a href="\/blog\/epas-new-rule-shows-resistance-to-the-need-for-an-asbestos-ban\/">a new asbestos rule<\/a>\u00a0meant to further govern the use of the mineral, though coming short of a full ban. The new rule expands the partial ban on\u00a0<a href="\/asbestos-exposure\/products\/">asbestos products<\/a>\u00a0that was implemented in 1989. Products like adhesives, roof coatings, and cements will not be able to enter the country without EPA approval. Additionally, manufacturers must notify the agency at least 90 days prior to manufacture, importation, or processing of any products that may contain asbestos. While some have praised this new rule, many advocates claim it opens loopholes for new asbestos products to enter the country.\r\n\r\nIn light of these new reports of asbestos-contaminated makeup, more clearly needs to be done to protect the public from exposure, which can lead to diseases like\u00a0<a href="\/mesothelioma\/">mesothelioma<\/a>\u00a0and\u00a0<a href="\/asbestos-cancer\/lung-cancer\/">lung cancer<\/a>. Without a full ban and proper removal of past uses of the toxin, exposure will be an ongoing danger across the country for people of all ages.