Parents have been warned of dangerous materials in their children’s toys before. However, more parents than ever are beginning to carefully check the label to prevent their children from coming into contact with potentially harmful ingredients. Lead is the first offender that comes to mind, but have you ever considered the dangers asbestos may pose to your child? Recently, asbestos has been found in the most unlikely and concerning of places: products designed for your children.
In 2000, The Mesothelioma Center reported that asbestos was found in several popular crayon brands, some which were sold by Nickelodeon, Disney, and Amscan. Fingerprinting dust in forensic and spy lab kits has also tested positive for asbestos in 2007. In July of 2017, a “Just Shimmer Powder” sold by Justice, a nationwide clothing and accessory store for young girls, allegedly tested positive for asbestos. The asbestos contamination was revealed after the ABC11 I-Team investigators sent samples to the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, who confirmed the makeup contained the toxin. The popular national makeup and accessory chain Claire’s is the most recent company now under scrutiny for selling products that have tested positive for asbestos, KALB reports. A concerned mother sent her six-year-old daughter’s glitter makeup kit that was purchased at Claire’s to an independent lab in North Carolina, where it tested positive for Tremolite Asbestos. This type of cancer-causing asbestos has been linked to Mesothelioma, a deadly disease that has claimed the lives of over 31,000 Americans since 1999, according to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.
How is this happening?
It is uncertain, but it is likely the products that tested positive were made with contaminated talc, says Sean Fitzgerald, the Director of Research and Analytical Services at the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro. Asbestos is often found near talc deposits and can become mixed with the talc while being mined. When the minerals are not properly tested for the presence of asbestos before selling to manufacturers, contaminated talc can become an ingredient in a wide range of products. Many of these products, like the makeup and crayons mentioned earlier, find their way into the hands of younger children.
The concern with powder-like products is that children could inhale them, then the asbestos fibers in the talc can invade the lungs and lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma. If children ingest the more solid materials, like crayons, the asbestos fibers can still cause health problems, although it’s less likely. What’s even more frightening is that symptoms of asbestos inhalation can take years to show up and if mesothelioma develops as a result of asbestos, there is a 100% fatality rate.
Are companies taking action?
The store Justice has since had their makeup tested by a third-party lab, which concluded there was never any asbestos in their products, and Claire’s pulled all products in question off their shelves pending an investigation. However, the fact remains that talc contaminated with asbestos can find its way into products aimed at your children. Asbestos is deadly and can lead to cancer and mesothelioma, as well as other serious health problems which can last a lifetime.
Protecting your family:
Be sure to use caution when purchasing products that contain talc, and always read the ingredients. Have you or family been impacted by mesothelioma? If so you need to speak with an experienced mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call us directly at 318.541.8188. If you would like to know more about Asbestos and Mesothelioma, Visit our resource center which includes frequently asked questions and a free e-book.
- The Mesothelioma Center
- Scientific Analytical Institute In Greensboro
- Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance