FDA Finds Asbestos in Beauty Plus Products, Issues Voluntary RecallSeptember 10, 2019
EWG: More Oversight Needed for Cosmetics Made with Talc
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety alert urging consumers to stop using cosmetics from Beauty Plus, after the agency found the deadly carcinogen asbestos in at least four different talc-based products.
Asbestos was found in the products – bronzer, shimmer bronzer, a beauty palette and a matte blush — as part of the FDA’s ongoing testing of beauty products. This is the second time Beauty Plus has been the subject of a voluntary recall due to asbestos.
In May, the FDA warned consumers not to use two products: Claire’s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set and Beauty Plus Global Effects Palette 2, both made with talc.
“It is troubling to think how many people have used talc-based cosmetics products potentially contaminated with asbestos, when inhaling even the smallest amount can cause cancer later in life,” said Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs. “While consumers should be both alarmed and outraged, it’s hardly a surprise, considering the federal law regulating the cosmetics industry has not been updated since 1938.”
“We urge consumers to heed the FDA’s alert and avoid these products, and we hope members of Congress will finally recognize the current system, which has allowed the cosmetics industry to operate beyond the reach of FDA’s authority, must end,” added Faber
Geologically, talc and asbestos can be formed from the same parent rock. In many regions, talc deposits are contaminated with asbestos fibers. There is no safe level of exposure to any type of asbestos fiber, which can lodge deep in the lungs and cause mesothelioma or other fatal diseases decades after exposure.
A bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders are pushing sweeping cosmetics reform legislation that could go a long way toward fixing the problem.
Additionally, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) has introduced legislation that would require warning labels on cosmetics that could contain asbestos and are marketed to children.
In March, the House held an oversight hearing looking into asbestos-contaminated cosmetics following earlier FDA tests that found asbestos in three talc-based cosmetics products sold by Claire’s. Faber testified before the committee, warning that there are thousands of talc-based personal care products that could be contaminated with asbestos.
“EWG has found more than 2,000 cosmetics and other personal care products that contain talc, including more than 1,000 loose powders or pressed powders that pose a risk of being inhaled,” said Faber. “Even small amounts of asbestos in talc can cause mesothelioma and other deadly diseases, many years after exposure.”
The 2,119 talc-based products EWG identified are included in the group’s Skin Deep® online database. Products with talc represent about one in 12 of those in the database that were on the market in the…