Officials on Tuesday warned consumers not to use certain Claire's makeup products after they tested positive for asbestos. The retailer is denying the claim. The FDA issued the warning because Claire's refused to comply with its request for a recall, and that agency doesn't have the power to force one.

Claire's issued a statement saying that it removed three products identified by the FDA from its stores "out of an abundance of caution." It is also removing any remaining talc-based cosmetics. A company spokesperson says that the FDA's test results mischaracterized fibers as asbestos. It says it tried to discuss the matter but the FDA moved ahead with the warning.

The FDA conducted the tests after learning of reports of asbestos in products sold by Claire's and Justice in 2017. A representative from Justice says that in quickly recalled all the products in 2017. Claire's removed items from stores but did not issue a recall. Claire's has Iowa locations at Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville, and the Tanger Outlet Center in Williamsburg.

Cosmetics do not currently have to be reviewed or approved by the FDA.

 

[via KCRG]