Saturday 13 August 2022

Dutch inspectors find asbestos in powder sold by teenage make up group Claire’s

Photo: Mike Mozart via Wikimedia Commons

The Dutch health and safety authorities ILT and NVWA have ordered two types of make-up produced by American teenage accessories chain Claire’s to be withdrawn from sale after it found traces of asbestos in the powder.

The organisations said in a statement they have ordered the company to remove the products from the shelves of the 32 Dutch branches of Claire’s and have started an investigation.

The inspectorate found 2% to 5% asbestos in a face powder and 0.1 to 2% of the carcinogenic substance in a contouring powder.  In spite of the low concentrations ‘there is a risk to health’, the organisations said.

The inspectorate started the investigation after it was claimed asbestos was found in Claire’s make up in the United States.

An earlier call for the NVWA to investigate Claire’s make up in the Netherlands came in December of last year but was not followed up because the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) assured the NVWA that there was nothing wrong with the products.

Products containing asbestos are banned in the Netherlands because of the danger to health. The inspectorate has asked the company to withdraw other products made with the same ingredients until further notice.


American media report that Claire’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month, saying it had an agreement with creditors to restructure about $1.9 billion in debt.

The retailer operates in more than 7,500 locations in 45 countries and employs about 17,000 people. Claire’s said it did not plan to close any of its stores, and its international subsidiaries are not part of the bankruptcy filing.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.