A popular retailer where you may buy your child's clothes is investigating a makeup product it sells after a news station investigation found asbestos in the product.
WTVD-TV in Durham, North Carolina had several samples of makeup sold for kids and teens tested to see if they contained anything not listed on the ingredients list. That's when, the station reports, the lab doing the testing found asbestos in Just Shine Shimmer Powder sold by tween clothing retailer Justice.
Asbestos is known to cause cancer, and WTVD-TV reports that the lab found the talc in the powder was contaminated with it. The station also reports that four heavy metals were found in the makeup.
In response, the tween brand released a statement on Facebook saying it is investigating the matter. In the meantime, Justice says it has stopped sales of the product in stores and online. The chain says if you bought the product, you can return it for a full refund.
Justice's statement reads in full:
Justice has a long and strong history of concern for the health and safety of our girls. We are deeply committed to the safety and integrity of our products. Upon receiving an inquiry about the Just Shine Shimmer Powder product (Item number 192307, or SKU number 19052777), we immediately began an investigation and, out of an abundance of caution, stopped the sale of this product in our stores and on our website. Our suppliers are required to produce all products in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. If any supplier fails to do so, it is our practice to hold them responsible. We cannot speculate regarding the matter while we investigate. However, your trust is of paramount importance to us. Please be assured that we will accept returns of this item and refund your purchase price.
100 Television Lane
Paducah, KY 42003