Justice pulls children's makeup after asbestos claims
Popular teen girls store Justice has pulled a highlighter powder after an investigation claimed that the product contained FDA-banned toxic heavy metals and asbestos.
According to an investigation conducted by a local ABC news affiliate in Durham, NC, Justice's Just Shine Shimmer Powder allegedly contains toxic materials including asbestos. The news outlet sent the makeup to a lab for testing which also allegedly revealed levels of heavy metals including asbarium, chromium, selenium, and lead.
The FDA bans the sale of contaminated makeup which is classified as makeup containing toxic or harmful materials. Asbestos is a known carcinogen causing cancers and tumors.
Justice immediately pulled the product and initiated its own investigation. However, according to the results provided by Justice's third party testing lab, the allegations are untrue. The company has responded by posting a statement on its website to the same effect.
"A third party ISO-certified testing lab concluded there is no asbestos in our Just Shine Shimmer Powder product," Justice said. "Reports suggesting that the product contains asbestos are simply inaccurate."
Customers are encouraged to contact Justice customer service to follow up with additional questions.
While there is no official recall yet, Justice has removed the product from its shelves. It also has added a product update for the highlighter powder to the menu on its homepage.
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