Claire's recalls 17 makeup sets nationwide

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Claire's has pulled several of its children's makeup products after a Rhode Island mother claimed the items contained the cancer-causing chemical asbestos.

Claire's reported that they are now conducting their own investigation and will issue full refunds to anyone who purchased one of these products.

"Out of an abundance of caution, additional testing is underway", the company said in its Friday statement.

Health Canada says it has requested to see testing data from Claire's Stores Inc. following reports that asbestos has been found in certain cosmetic products sold by the worldwide retailer of youth-oriented jewelry and accessories.

She then went to a few different Claire's locations, bought more products, and tests found asbestos in those, as well.

"We will continue to honor returns for any customers remaining uncomfortable", Jarema said.

"The initial results of testing by an independent certified laboratory show that the cosmetics tested to date are asbestos free".

In Providence, R.I., local TV station WPRI reached out to Claire's after an employee of the firm, which specializes in asbestos litigation, had the makeup tested and found asbestos.

According to Scientific Analytical Institute, 17 samples from Claire's were tested positive for asbestos.

"Health Canada is aware of the reports of asbestos found in various cosmetic products supplied by Claire's", Eric Morrissette said in an email to Postmedia.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and exposure to it has been linked to life-threatening diseases like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, according to the CDC.

Claire's is not the first store to pull children's makeup over asbestos concerns. "We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with relevant country regulations and guidelines". Justice later denied the claims, saying all of their tests came back safe. "Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action", Claire's further stated.