In another terrifying recall on children's products in Australia, the recently released make-up kit from American tween and YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa has been found to contain toxic asbestos fibres.
Marketed towards young girls and teens, the product contains eyeshadow, two lip glosses, and nail polish. The toxin was found by the US Food and Drug Administration and thought to be contained in the powder eye shadow.
Consumers have been urged to immediately discontinue use of the make-up set and retailers instructed to remove from shelves.
Bree Knoester, partner at Adviceline Injury Lawyers, was disappointed to hear of another product being released to the Australian market which hasn't been subject to rigorous testing.
"This is not dissimilar to the risk posed to our children in 2015 when asbestos fibres were identified in children's crayons branded with Frozen and Mickey Mouse characters," said Bree.
"All exposure to asbestos is harmful, and use of the powder eye shadow contained in the makeup kit could potentially release dangerous asbestos fibres into the air causing injury."
This latest contamination of a children's product will hopefully push more countries to implement stringent and protective laws for products, and ban the use of chemicals known to injure, harm or cause death.
Bree calls on the Australian Government to take a hard stance on the testing of products imported from countries which have reduced laws for asbestos contaminants, particularly children's products.
If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos, we invite you to call Bree on (03) 9321 9988 to discuss next steps.