JUSTICE, a popular retailer has pulled a makeup product marketed to tweens and teens after a lab found it contained deadly asbestos and heavy metals that could potentially cause harm.
According to reports from several news outlets, the clothing retailer, Justice, which markets its products to tweens and teens, has voluntarily removed makeup from store shelves after lab testing reveals it contained asbestos, as well as found several other substances, including, potentially hazardous heavy metals: barium, chromium, lead, and selenium.
Asbestos is a fiber that when inhaled can cause life threatening illnesses including Lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. The hazardous impact of asbestos has been known for decades, leading to a ban of products containing the material in 1989. However, that ban was lifted in 1991, allowing for products containing the deadly fiber to once again make their way to consumers.
The announcement comes after the company was alerted to the presences of the potentially deadly materials as part of the ingredients in the company’s Just Shine Shimmer Powder product by a television station investigating product labeling and ingredients, and comparing the products labeled ingredients and the actual content of the product.
Once alerted, Justice acted quickly, pulling the product from shelves and removing it from online purchases. As of this afternoon the company has no official information posted on the retail or product recall portions of its website, they did address the findings via a social media. In that post (which we have included the full text of below) the company pledge to hold suppliers to the “applicable laws and regulations,” going on to say the company will conduct an internal investigation into the matter.
In that statement, the company also said it will accept returns and refund the purchase price to the consumer.
FULL TEXT OF STATEMENT FROM JUSTICE, posted to the company’s Facebook Page July 17th at 1:16 pm:
“Justice has a long and strong history of concern for the health and safety of our girls. We are deeply committed to the safety and integrity of our products. Upon receiving an inquiry about the Just Shine Shimmer Powder product (Item number 192307, or SKU number 19052777), we immediately began an investigation and, out of an abundance of caution, stopped the sale of this product in our stores and on our website. Our suppliers are required to produce all products in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. If any supplier fails to do so, it is our practice to hold them responsible. We cannot speculate regarding the matter while we investigate. However, your trust is of paramount importance to us. Please be assured that we will accept returns of this item and refund your purchase price.”
The retailer, Justice, is based in based in New Albany, Ohio, and markets its brand to tweens and teens at online and retail locations nationwide.
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