It’s near impossible to find a teen store nowadays that doesn’t sell Jojo Siwa merchandise. From backpacks and school supplies at Target to rainbow sneakers at Journeys, the 16-year-old YouTuber is among one of the most famous — and successful — Gen Z’ers. But a recent scandal is resulting in one of her products being pulled from stores across the country: her makeup kit.
On June 6, the Food and Drug Administration issued a notice stating that they had uncovered asbestos in the Claire’s JoJo Siwa Makeup Set, recommending that consumers stop using the product immediately. The statement also flagged a product from makeup brand Beauty Plus for testing positive for asbestos as well: the Global Contour Effects Palette 2.
Claire’s was quick to recall the makeup kit, pulling it from all stores and issuing a statement to TODAY Style assuring that the store is dedicated to safety. “Claire’s Stores, Inc. has voluntarily recalled the JoJo Cosmetic Kit out of an abundance of caution after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated the possible presence of trace amounts of asbestos fibers in the powder eyeshadow element of the kit,” a spokesperson for Claire’s said in the statement. “Claire’s stands behind the safety of this item and all other Claire’s cosmetic items, as such small trace amounts are considered acceptable under European and Canadian cosmetic safety regulations. In addition, last year Claire’s moved to talc-free cosmetic manufacturing to prevent any further concerns about talc contamination. Claire’s also supports increased FDA oversight of personal care products.”
Asbestos can cause serious health concerns for those who are exposed to it. Because it is a fiber, it easily enters one’s system as they breath it in or ingest it. According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, it can cause long-term damage to the lungs from thickening of the muscle to even lung cancer. Other possible effects include “mesothelioma (cancer of the linings of the lung or abdomen), laryngeal cancer, gastro-intestinal cancers (including stomach, colon, recital), [and] ovarian cancer.”
The spokesperson for Claire’s also stated that all who had previously purchased the two products from their stores would receive a refund. This isn’t the first time a Claire’s product has been recalled by the FDA. According to USA Today, asbestos was found in products at Claire’s — as well as Justice — only a few months ago. The FDA began testing products after a situation occurred in December of 2017 where one mother found asbestos in her daughter’s makeup from Claires after sending it out to be tested herself. The situation resulted in Claire’s pulling 17 different makeup products from its stores. A statement from the FDA in March confirmed the asbestos in these now-recalled products.
Jojo has not yet issued a statement regarding the makeup kit being recalled, but those who have purchased it already should stop using it immediately.