Girls’ Retail Store Justice Pulls Asbestos-Contaminated Makeup

by | Jul 20, 2017 | Product Liability |

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You may have heard by now that asbestos was discovered in a makeup product sold at girls’ clothing retailer Justice. The asbestos was discovered when the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina conducted several tests on cosmetic brands marketed to children and teens. The results showed that Justice’s “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” contains talc that was contaminated with asbestos. So how did it get there?

Talc is Used in Everyday Consumer Products

Talc is naturally-occurring mineral and has been mined in the United States since the late 1800s. It is typically reduced to a fine powder and used in everyday consumer products. In addition to cosmetics, other products that contain talcum powder include:

  • Deodorant
  • Baby Powders
  • Body Powders
  • Medicated Powders
  • Sanitary Pads

How Did Asbestos Contaminate This Talc?

Asbestos is also a naturally-occurring mineral that was once used in many products, and despite its deadly effects, is still intentionally used today in a few products. Many talc mines are contaminated with asbestos because the veins of talc and the veins of asbestos run adjacent to each other, resulting in the asbestos being removed right along with the talc. The contaminated talc is then used to manufacture supposed asbestos-free products such as cosmetics and body powders like the “Just Shine Shimmer Powder”.

Sadly, if asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested it can result in asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, or other cancers. It can often take decades before a doctor can diagnose these diseases because symptoms typically appear anywhere between 15-60 or more years after exposure.

Lawsuit Options for Asbestos Victims

If you or a family member has developed asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, or colon cancer, and were exposed to “Just Shine Shimmer Powder,” or other talc or asbestos-containing products, we may be able to pursue a lawsuit on your behalf. Your child was unknowingly exposed to asbestos, and we want to help you build a case. Fill out our contact form or call 800-598-0314 for a free consultation.