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Children's makeup kits could contain dangerous asbestos

When you buy a gift for a child, you expect that your present will enrich their life, not cause issues. Unfortunately, well-intentioned adults may accidentally give gifts to children that could have an impact on their health in the future. Poorly designed products could malfunction or break, injuring a child. Products made with contaminated materials or dangerous compounds like asbestos could also cause illness or injury.

A recent recall of a children's makeup palette makes clear that the potential for dangerous chemical contamination is always a risk with consumer products, even those intended for small children and infants. Consumers need to be very cautious about what brands they buy and remain vigilant for any recalls that impact the products in their homes.

What child makeup product is under recall?

Chemical testing performed by an independent laboratory found dangerous levels of asbestos in a makeup palette sold primarily online by the company IQ Toys on platforms like eBay and Amazon. The exact product is the Princess Girl's All-in-One Deluxe Makeup Palette.

The saturation of asbestos fibers in the product sampled was particularly concerning, as the report indicated there were more than four million asbestos fibers in every gram of the tested product.

The parallels between contaminated makeup and contaminated talc powder

Like these makeup palettes, talc or talcum powder is a product often marketed to children and parents. Some companies even called talcum powder baby powder, implying it should be used on infants and small children. The soft minerals used to make cosmetics often include talc and mica.

Unfortunately, talc exists in natural deposits around the world that often occur in close proximity to asbestos deposits. Companies may not realize that the minerals harvested for use in their products contain asbestos as well as talc. Inadequate material testing and pre-consumer safety checks contribute to the risk of products reaching consumers while containing dangerous levels of substances like asbestos.

How could asbestos in makeup impact children?

Asbestos in beauty products poses a dual threat to the individuals using the product. Some of the worst medical consequences associated with asbestos stem from the inhalation of particulate asbestos.

The process of applying makeup or other asbestos-contaminated bath and beauty products could produce a small amount of dust that the user will inhale. People often swirl the makeup in the pan and tap it out, producing a fine dust, prior to applying the makeup to the skin. Beyond that, it may be possible for the asbestos to enter the body depending on how and where an individual applies a contaminated bath product or cosmetic.

As a parent, you expect that the products you purchase marketed toward your children will be safe, not contaminated with a known carcinogen. Individuals who discover that they have unknowingly or unintentionally exposed their child to dangerous substances because of a defective or poorly tested product may have grounds to take action against the company responsible.

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