The Scientific Analytical Institute (SAI) in Greensboro, N.C, revealed that they have found traces of asbestos-contaminated talc in two new eyeshadow cosmetic products sold on online platforms like Amazon and eBay.
The laboratory test found asbestos fibers in 40% out of the 45 shades tested in Jmkcoz 120 Colors Eyeshadow Palette and 20% of the 25 shades tested in the Beauty Glazed Gorgeous Me Eye Shadow Tray Palette.
Both of these cosmetic products are marketed to women of different ages.
The findings were released by the Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C., which commissioned the laboratory test as part of their continued investigation involving the safety of children’s products.
“We urge anyone who has purchased either of these products for themselves, family or friends to take the necessary steps to ensure they are no longer being used,” said Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, in a press release “And we call on these companies and online retailers to immediately pull both of these products from their respective websites. Asbestos, even at the smallest levels of exposure, can cause serious harm – even death – later in life.”
It’s not the first time that asbestos has been found in talc-based cosmetics. The recent test findings were the latest addition in a growing list of talc-based cosmetic products found to contain this toxic mineral.
It is known that inhalation or ingestion of microscopic asbestos fibers can cause serious long-term medical issues, including malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer.