Cosmetic Samples Negative For Asbestos in Latest FDA Test
Nicole Winch | December 7, 2021
Questions regarding talc contamination with asbestos date back to the 1970s, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In recent years, more and more Americans are beginning to be diagnosed with cancers, like mesothelioma, after use of talc based cosmetics.
Asbestos can enter talc mixtures undetected and become a major health hazard for anyone who uses those products. According to the American Cancer Society, tainted talc can usually be an accepted cause of cancer if loose asbestos particles are inhaled or ingested.
A recent lab test done by the FDA concluded that out of 50 samples there was no detection of asbestos in any of them. Annual safety tests are done to determine if asbestos is present in a variety of different talc based cosmetics.
A measurement used in these tests include how many of the samples contained microscopic strands of asbestos.
For many cosmetics, like makeup and baby powders, talc is the main component. The mineral, known as talcum, is mined and then turned into a powder, which is used by many consumers to keep your skin dry and healthy.
How Do Last Year’s Lab Results Compare to This Year?
Last year, the FDA tested 52 different cosmetic samples and found asbestos traces in 9 of them (17%). These findings outraged activist groups across America.
This year, companies may have changed the way they process their talc products. The samples tested came out 100% free of toxic asbestos particles.
Linda Katz, the director of the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Color, said “The FDA remains dedicated to keeping consumers safe from contaminated cosmetic products. As part of these continued efforts, the FDA’s most recent survey to assess certain talc‑containing cosmetic products for the presence of asbestos found that all 50 samples tested negative for detectable asbestos.”
“Asbestos is a known human carcinogen, and its health risks are well‑documented. The FDA will continue its efforts to protect consumers by conducting further testing of talc‑containing cosmetics products in order to assess the presence of asbestos.”
Despite these findings, there is still a cause for concern regarding asbestos contamination in talc. Health professionals still believe that anyone using these everyday products should remain cautious and concerned.
A recent news release by the FDA states, “The FDA will conduct another talc sampling assignment in 2022, with 50 additional talc‑containing cosmetic product samples selected for blinded testing and will communicate any results that indicate the presence of asbestos, if found. The final results are expected to be released next year.”
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