FDA advises cosmetics recall over asbestos after outcry from Dingell, Tlaib

    Rashida Tlaib
    U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib | Ken Coleman

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it’s advised retailers Beauty Plus and Claire’s to recall makeup that tested positive for asbestos, a carcinogen.

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell | Andrew Roth

    At a March congressional hearing, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib expressed outrage at companies marketing the allegedly unsafe products at young girls, saying, “It shook me.”

    That month, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) introduced legislation requiring that all cosmetics marketed to children to contain a warning label that the product has not been evaluated for asbestos contamination. 

    “Asbestos in children’s cosmetics is simply unacceptable. It is so basic we shouldn’t need legislation to ban it but we do,” said Dingell in a Friday statement. “Yet again, retailers like Claire’s and Beauty Plus are removing products from their shelves after asbestos was found in their cosmetics. This so despicable; all of us need to be outraged. Congress must pass strong legislation so all cosmetics – especially cosmetics marketed toward children – contain proper warning labels alerting people of dangerous toxins.”

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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