Another US beauty brand has issued a recall notice over its products after four items tested positive for asbestos contamination.
On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of the products manufactured by Beauty Plus Global Inc., the cosmetics and packaging manufacturer behind City Color and Max Mell.
The products in question are sold via Amazon.com, Walmart and eBay.
This brings the total number of cosmetic products recalled over asbestos contamination to nine this year, all of which came from Claire’s or Beauty Plus Global.
Asbestos in cosmetics is a growing problem, mostly due to a lack of government regulations for talc products, which are commonly used in cosmetics. Contamination may occur when the talc product is mined close to natural deposits of asbestos.
The FDA has limited influence over cosmetic products as opposed to consumables like food or medicine, and the legislation relating to the breadth of the FDA’s ability to oversee or investigate cosmetics hasn’t been updated since its inception in 1938.
Several large businesses now face legal action over their talc products that have been linked to mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, including the highly publicised Johnson&Johnson case.
The FDA has indicated that it has sought to engage with leaders in the cosmetics industry in order to better regulate the products available for public consumption.
“Moving forward, we’ll continue our work uncovering ingredients or products of concern and will take swift action to inform and advise consumers of any identified public health risks,” read a statement from former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Susan Mayne, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.