Last week, the Food and Drug Administration in Taiwan took sweeping action against the manufacturer of several asbestos-contaminated cosmetic products that had made their way into the United States and Canada, as well as onto the shelves of stores within Taiwan. The move was a swift response to concerns about malignant mesothelioma and other serious diseases that have been linked directly to exposure to the carcinogenic material.
According to the country’s FDA, they were alerted to the problem by the U.S. FDA and Health Canada earlier in the month. At issue was a manufacturing group called TJ Group, which was ordered to remove two types of products from retail shelves. The company’s manufacturing factory was also inspected, and according to the regulating agency there were two additional types of cosmetics identified as containing the hazardous material. Unfortunately, it was also determined that there were sixty contaminated products that had already been sold to consumers in Taiwan.
Asbestos is a mineral that has several characteristics that made it attractive to industry. For the cosmetics industry, it helps to keep products try and safe from humidity. Though asbestos cannot be absorbed through the skin, its microscopic particles can become airborne very easily, and once that happens they can be inhaled or ingested and lead to malignant pleural mesothelioma and malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. In the United States there have been several successful mesothelioma lawsuits against the manufacturers of consumer products that have been shown to contain asbestos.
According to the FDA in Taiwan, many of the contaminated products were manufactured at the company’s Chinese subsidiary and the company has been asked to submit a plan for removal and recall in order to keep the public safe.
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma and you aren’t sure how you were exposed to the carcinogenic material, we can help. Contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.