A scary discovery was made following an ABC I-Team Troubleshooter Investigation into makeup sold at the popular tween clothing store Justice: asbestos was found in the company's "Just Shine Shimmer Powder."
The original investigation sought to look at the ingredients in makeup specifically made for kids and teens, when Sean Fitzgerald, the director of research and analytical services at Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, NC, was alarmed by the results of the ingredients in the Just Shine Shimmer Powder. The lab found four heavy metals in the makeup — barium, chromium, lead, and selenium — as well as asbestos, due to the use of cosmetic talc that was contaminated.
"I would treat it like a deadly poison, because it is," Fitzgerald said of the Just Shine Shimmer Powder. He went on to say: "In this powder designed for children, they could die an untimely death in their 30s or 40s because of the exposure to asbestos in this product. Fibers like this get into your breathing zone, and when you inhale, these fibers can get into the lung and go to the very bottom of the lung, and that is exactly where you have the greatest likelihood of asbestos to cause disease. Children should not be allowed to breathe it. If a 10-year-old inhaled this fiber today, when he's 50 years old, it's still there."
Although the product has not yet been recalled, Justice released a statement on its Facebook page, announcing the product has been pulled from shelves and the website after the I-Team shared its results with the company.
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.