Health Canada has issued a nation-wide recall on certain Claire's makeup products for the possible presence of asbestos fibres in product samples from one lot of each product. The recall follows the news of an asbestos warning for Claire's makeup products by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration three weeks ago. According to Health Canada's new recall alert issued this week on April 2nd, over 4800 of the affected makeup products were sold in Canada.
To determine if your product is affected, Health Canada states that the products' UPCs and SKUs can be located on the price tickets affixed to the products. Batch numbers are also located on the back panels of the products, just under the list of ingredients.
Health Canada reports that an estimated 4,880 units of the affected products were sold in Canadian Claire's retail stores between October 2016 and March 2019. The products were manufactured in China.
The following Claire's products are now being recalled nationwide for possibly containing asbestos:
- Claire's Eyeshadows - UPC 888711847165, SKU 84716, Lot Number 08/17
- Claire's Compact Powder - UPC 888711839153, SKU 83915, Lot Number 07/15
- Claire's Contour Palette - UPC 888711401947, SKU 40194, Lot Number 04/17
Health Canada has also provided the following photos of the affected products:
Previously, Health Canada addressed the concern in a statement to Yahoo Canada, "Claire’s has publicly stated that it has removed the three products identified by the US Food and Drug Administration from its stores in Canada. Officials will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate to Canadians should further risks be identified."
Customers who purchased the affected products have been urged by Health Canada to immediately stop using the cosmetics, and return the products to a Claire's retail outlet for a complete refund. Customers are also invited to find out more information by contacting Claire's directly by telephone.
Health Canada currently prohibits the sale of any cosmetics that are manufactured with hazardous substances or under unsanitary conditions to Canadian customers under the requirements of the Cosmetic Regulations and the Food and Drugs Act.
The newly enacted Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations, which came into effect in Canada this past December, also prohibits the manufacture, import, sale and use of consumer products, including cosmetics, containing asbestos in "greater than trace amounts." You can read more about the new regulations here.
If you encounter any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic, Health Canada requests that you report it by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.