Justice denies reports of asbestos in makeup after conducting tests

Posted at 10:59 AM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 09:55:14-04

Justice issued a statement saying a third-party testing lab concluded "Just Shine Shimmer Powder" makeup does not have asbestos after a TV station reported asbestos was in the product. 

Shortly after the report done by Raleigh, North Carolina-based WTVD-TV, Justice announced it was pulling the product out of an abundance of caution. 

But now Justice reported on its website and in a Facebook post that a third party ISO-certified lab concluded there is no asbestos in the product. 

"Reports suggesting that the product contains asbestos are simply inaccurate," the statement read. 

The company sells its products primarily to girls who are teenagers or tweens.

The company listed the item number as 192307 and the SKU number as 19052777.

"Justice has a long and strong history of concern for the the health and safety of our girls," the initial Justice post read. "We are deeply committed to the safety and integrity of our products." 

The investigation by WTVD-TV involved testing several samples of makeup that are made specifically for kids and teens to find out what is in the makeup that might not be listed. 

Samples of several products were sent to Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina. The lab found  asbestos fibers in the "Just Shine Shimmer Powder" makeup, WTVD-TV reported. The lab tested seven other makeup products but none of those products tested positive for asbestos, the TV station reported. 

Asbestos is a highly toxic substance that can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma and other ailments, according to the World Health Organization. People become exposed when the substance is inhaled.