One of the nation’s top children’s stores is caught in the crossfire between testing that proves horrific results and trying to stand their own ground and defend themselves.
Claire’s is one of the U.S.’s most popular retailers for young tween and pre-teen girls. Here, they can get anything from dazzling jewelry to stuffed animals to bright, colorful play makeup. It’s every girly girl’s dream!
Unfortunately, the massive chain has recently found themselves in hot water with the FDA, and it’s not looking good.
According to sources, in 2017, the FDA found that several of the cosmetic products sold at Claire’s contained traces of asbestos. This triggered a massive recall where the products in question were immediately removed from shelves.
Following this, “the FAD continued to routinely monitor the market for cosmetic products that may pose a public health risk. The FDA conducted testing from third-party laboratories, which the agency said revealed that three makeup products tested positive for the cancer-causing asbestos.”
The report that was released also details that Claire’s has been very defiant against the claims, stating that they are false. The FDA has urged for a recall, but Claire’s refuses. “Claire’s has refused to comply with the FDA’s request, and the agency does not have authority to mandate a recall.”
Despite the difficult pushback they’ve received, the FDA has continued to stand behind their findings and is doing their due diligence to ensure the public is aware of these extremely harmful ingredients.
Claire’s has tried to further pushback by publishing a tweet claiming their stance. “At Claire’s, customer safety is paramount, and we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest quality and safest products. We wish to address today’s FDA warning that three cosmetic items sold by Claire’s may have been contaminated with asbestos.”
With this tweet, the posted an image of their stance. Despite how much they try to fight the FDA, the findings they have revealed speak volumes. No matter which side you stand on, it’s always best to err on the side of caution, especially when children are involved.