Watchdog group claims it found asbestos in Claire’s makeup

DENVER -- A new controversy is brewing for Claire’s.

A consumer watchdog group said it found asbestos in three of the makeup products marketed to young girls. Claire’s is denying the claims and firing back.

The Colorado Public Interest Research Group said it tested 15 makeup products from multiple companies, and three from Claire’s tested positive for asbestos.

“There’s no safe levels for asbestos, and so it’s unacceptable to have asbestos in makeup,” said Danny Katz, the director of the Colorado Public Interest Research Group Foundation.

“Asbestos is really dangerous. You can inhale it or you can ingest it, and it can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma, and it also, over time, if you apply it to your skin can increase the risk of skin cancer."

But Claire’s is denying the claims of asbestos in its makeup.

In an email, it claims the testing methods used were obsolete and unreliable, and it claims its independent testing confirms the products are asbestos free.

These products have not been removed from store shelves.

If there is asbestos in makeup, how worried should parents be?

“I wouldn’t be too worried,” said Dr. Robert Domaleski of Englewood Family Physicians.

He believes the exposure in makeup is small and the duration is limited.

Still, CoPIRG is asking Claire’s to remove the makeup and it is asking the Food and Drug Administration to take action.