Over the past year, there have been allegations of asbestos fibers being present in two different cosmetic products designed for use by children. Both of these products contained talc, which is common in makeup and also a glitter substance that is supposed to sparkle. In both instances, an independent materials testing laboratory confirmed the presence of deadly asbestos fibers in some quantity of the children’s products, but the retail chain in which the products were sold across the nation said their own respective testing found no evidence of contamination.
Regardless of whether these particular products contained asbestos fibers, there is certainly a chance of asbestos being present in any products that contain talc, unless proper testing methods are used during production to determine if asbestos is actually present. To make matters worse, while producing an asbestos-containing children’s makeup and not warning customers would be an example of negligence, there is no law preventing the manufacturing of such products.
But a new piece of legislation is aimed at closing this loophole. Continue reading →