Asbestos & other minerals found in Tween Brand Justice Shimmer Powders.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

ABC11 WTVD out of Durham, North Carolina reported on July 14, 2017 that they found, in an independent test, asbestos in the Justice Just Shine Shimmer Powder that has been selling in stores for a while.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen which means it can cause cancer including mesothelioma. Johnson and Johnson was sued, and lost, over their Shower-to-Shower products contributing to several women getting cancer and dying from it. Another woman won $13 million against Colgate-Palmolive a few years ago as well over talc found in a product she used for years. So where is asbestos found in cosmetics? It can be found in inexpensive and inferior grade talc. The cheaper the talc, the higher the risk for asbestos and other contaminants. While the FDA has tested for asbestos in cosmetics in the past, they acknowledge that the testing was "not conclusive because only four out of the requested nine participated in the study."

So what does this mean? Is talc in cosmetics safe or not? Well, it means that when you buy cheap cosmetics made overseas that are made for pennies on the dollar those manufacturers are using inexpensive and often inferior pigments, fillers (which talc is a filler), and other ingredients. In most cases, the worse thing that happens is the pigment pay off is horrible or that the product's longevity is so poor the product wears off in minutes or that it smells terrible. Worst case scenarios are that it's contaminated by asbestos, lead, fecal matter (human or animal), blood, urine, or something else undesirable. Unfortunately in China manufacturers don't need to do anything other than having a hygiene certificate, I'm not sure if Taiwan and Hong Kong have the same standards as mainland China but it's possible since Taiwan and Hong Kong are under Chinese rule.

Asbestos wasn't the only thing found in the Justice Just Shine Shimmer Powder, high levels of barium (can be fatal), chromium, lead (can be fatal), and selenium were also found by the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro.

As for Justice, they posted on their Facebook wall the following statement but have not (as of this blog post) issued a recall.

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, 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.

I took a look at their import records and found that they use a logistics shipper in Hong Kong which made looking to see who made their cosmetics more difficult but looking at one particular record it appears that the manufacturer *might be* Yumark Enterprises Corp.. Yumark Enterprises has offices in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Thailand and manufacturing plants in China, Vietnam, and the Phillippines. The Taiwan office appears to be where cosmetics are made according to the Yumark website.

Looking at the import records for Tween Brand and Yumark Enterprises almost all of their cosmetics items - fake nails, brushes, eyeshadows, blushes and bronzers (all containing talc), lip glosses, facial masks, and bath bom. How much is affected by the asbestos is an unknown as WTVD did not say what products from Justice they had tested. At this time I would suggest that buyers beware and that if any of you purchased the Shimmer Powder (marked as do not sell) to contact your child's doctor and make a note in their medical records that your child or children may have been exposed to asbestos.


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