Out of an abundance of caution, additional testing is underway.
Health Canada says it has requested to see testing data from Claire's Stores Inc. following reports that asbestos has been found in certain cosmetic products sold by the worldwide retailer of youth-oriented jewelry and accessories.
Despite decades of evidence that asbestos exposure can cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other illnesses, the toxin is still being used in some unexpected and potentially unsafe ways.
Claire's is continuing to test some of the children's makeup the company sells following asbestos claims by a local mother and a Rhode Island law firm.
According to the WJAR. report, the asbestos was discovered when the mother mailed her daughter's makeup - purchased at the Providence Place Mall - to an independent lab for testing.
After a detailed investigation by Warner's firm and the Scientific Analytical Institute, 17 more samples from Claire's stores in nine states "all tested positive at alarming rates".
"If you have items you wish to return in the interim period we will issue a refund".
"We have taken the precautionary measure of pulling the items in question from sale", the statement reads.
Exposure to asbestos, once commonly used for building insulation, has been found to lead to certain types of cancers and tumors on internal organs.
Although mesothelioma diagnoses are most common in people who have been exposed to asbestos in an occupational setting, there have also been a number of mesothelioma cases linked to asbestos-containing consumer products over the years.
Claire's is not the first store to pull children's makeup over asbestos concerns. A letter from the Scientific Analytical Institute said, "all tested positive at alarming rates".
"We work closely with our vendors to ensure our products are tested and assessed in line with the relevant country regulations and guidelines".
"Once we have information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action".