The FDA executives have called for an upgraded framework to help enhance consumer safety for cosmetics.
The U.S. FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has reportedly issued a safety alert on three cosmetic products sold by Claire’s, America’s renowned fashion retail company, following a test that found asbestos, a known carcinogen, contained in the brand’s products.
Reportedly, the FDA said that the three Claire’s products including Claire’s Contour Palette, Eye Shadows and Compact Powder, are most probably not available for sale, but consumers who have been using them at home are strongly recommended to stop using them.
Sources with the knowledge of the matter revealed that Claire’s has recently denied the FDA’s test results, claiming that they hold critical errors and said that fibers contained in the make-up products have been mischaracterized as asbestos. Claire’s officials further claimed that no evidence has been presented showing that the products are unsafe. The retailer, for the sake of its reputation has already removed the three cosmetic products, as well as other talc-based products from its stores.
According to a report by CNN, Claire’s has taken issue with the FDA test results and says that the U.S. regulator continued to move forward with its verdict, in spite of the company’s efforts in negotiating these issues. Claire’s has expressed disappointment at FDA’s latest move and further affirms that it will continue working with them for demonstrating the safety of its products. For the record, Claire’s had removed around nine make-up products from its shelves in 2017, following a report filed against it which claimed that the products contained tremolite asbestos in them.
If reports are to be believed, the FDA holds restricted authority to ensure cosmetic products’ safety, as there are still no appropriate laws necessitating companies to test the safety of their cosmetic products. The FDA is prohibited to review products before they are released into the market.
In a recent announcement, the FDA said that it is about to commence a voluntary registry for companies selling cosmetics, to list their products & ingredients including talc.