There are certain occupations and life choices that are known to be at high risk for a mesothelioma diagnosis. These are generally jobs that involve high heat environments such as factory settings or oil refineries, or environments that require foundational strength such as infrastructure and construction jobs. One would never associate teenaged girls with having a high risk for diagnosis with this rare form of cancer. Unfortunately, news has just been released regarding asbestos contamination in a brand of makeup being sold at a popular teen clothing store. The product specifically targets young girls, raising the risk that those who have purchased and used it will have to monitor their health for signs of the asbestos-related disease for decades to come.
The story comes out of Greensboro, North Carolina, where local television station WTVD partnered with a testing company called Scientific Analytical Institute to investigate what goes into products being sold to teens. The analysis revealed that a brand by the name of “Just Shine Shimmer Powder” being sold by the retailer Justice contains asbestos particles, as well as particles of other heavy metals.
Speaking of their findings, the director of research and analytical services at the testing agency expressed extreme concern. Sean Fitzgerald said, “I would treat it like a deadly poison, because it is. In this powder designed for children, they could die an untimely death in their thirties or forties because of the exposure to asbestos in this product. Children should not be allowed to breathe it. If a 10-year-old inhaled this fiber today, when he’s 50 years old it’s still there.”
Asbestos has a devastating impact on the human body. When its fibers are inhaled or ingested, they become embedded in the cells and cause cell death. The fiber remains, eventually leading to mutation of the cells that surround it. Those mutations grow into cancerous tumors.
In response to the report about asbestos in the product that they are selling, retail store Justice has issued a statement expressing its concern for the wellbeing of their customers and indicating that they will begin an investigation. At the same time they have removed the product from their shelves.
The justice system allows those who have been harmed by exposure to asbestos to hold asbestos companies responsible for the harm that they’ve suffered. If you or someone you love has suffered this type of harm, contact us at 1-800-966-2244 to speak with a legal professional who can help.