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Children's makeup kit tests positive for asbestos

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 18:08:49-05

WASHINGTON — A popular children's makeup kit has tested positive for asbestos, according to the Environmental Working Group.

According to the group, laboratory tests revealed every gram of the talc-containing eye shadow in the Princess Girl's All-in-One Deluxe Makeup Palette contained more than 4 million asbestos fiber structures.

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The palette is marketed by IQ Toys and was available on the company's website, Amazon and eBay.

Te group says geologically, talc and asbestos can naturally occur alongside each other in rock.

Asbestos fibers can be inhaled and become lodged in the lungs, causing grave, often fatal, illnesses whose symptoms may not become evident for decades after exposure. If children are exposed when young, the Environmental Working Group says there is even more time for asbestos-related illness to develop later in life.

“Amazon, eBay and any other retailer marketing this and similar makeup kit ‘toys’ from IQ Toys should take heed of these test results and immediately pull these products from their websites,” said EWG’s Vice President for Healthy Living Science Nneka Leiba. “Taking steps to safeguard children from exposure to one of the deadliest carcinogens in the world should always come before profits.”

In March 2019, the FDA issued an alert urging consumers to stop using certain cosmetic products from Claire's after the agency found asbestos in at least three different talc-based products.