YouTube Influencer Sells Asbestos-Containing Products to Children
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram – these popular social media platforms have impacted every facet of American life. What started as “how to” and “reaction” videos on YouTube inevitably spawned a new type of celebrity: the attention-hungry influencer. This term is used to describe self-made celebrities who make money by marketing products and businesses to their online followers. However, these influencers are inauthentic reality TV stars, not creators or consumers, so when they try to make legitimate business choices, they often fall flat.
So, what happens when a YouTube celebrity sells a dangerous product?
JoJo Siwa’s Makeup Line Tests Positive for Asbestos
JoJo Siwa is a 16-year-old internet idol known for her campy clothes, kid-friendly songs, and a brief stint on Dance Moms. Earlier this year, she decided to profit off her popularity (9.8 million followers) by selling a JoJo Siwa Makeup Set at Claire’s stores across the nation. The kit in question – Batch/Lot No. S180109 – is a heart-shaped box that contains eyeshadow, lip glosses, and nail polish.
On June 6, 2019, the FDA released a Twitter statement warning parents about the product: “Today, the FDA is releasing new results from its continued testing of cosmetic products for asbestos & is warning consumers not to use 2 additional products that have tested positive for asbestos & have been recalled.” One of these products is the JoJo Siwa Makeup Set. The product has already been removed from store shelves, but many children in the targeted demographic (ages 5-10) have already purchased and used the items in the makeup kit.
Has My Child Been Exposed to Asbestos?
Asbestos is a silicate compound that used to dominate the American industrial complex. It also a known carcinogen. OSHA and the EPA banned most asbestos-containing products in the late 1900s, after the scientific community discovered the link between asbestos and various fatal diseases, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Just breathing in asbestos fibers or dust particles once can lead to a devastating and fatal medical condition.
Fortunately, dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD claims that a parent would know if their child used contaminated makeup. In an interview with Health, she explains, “The skin is a great indicator of hazardous foreign substances. If it come in contact with a hazardous product, your skin would quickly turn red and you would experience irritation.” She also says, “unlike breathing in asbestos, which can immediately impact the internal organs, the skin provides a bit of a barrier, making it harder for the substance to enter your body. While you want to avoid getting asbestos-contaminated products on your skin, it’s mostly harmful to the lungs. If you think you may have been exposed to the asbestos in a skin product, wash that part of your skin immediately and use hydrocortisone to treat any irritation. If the affected area worsens, see a doctor.”
Has Your Child Been Harmed by an Asbestos-Containing Product?
Contact the asbestos exposure attorneys at Shrader & Associates, LLP if your child has been harmed by an asbestos-containing product, such as the JoJo Siwa Makeup Set or the Beauty Plus Global Contour Effects Palette 2. Our legal team can review your child’s medical records and work with specialists to determine if a negligent party should be held accountable for your child’s condition. Depending on the outcome of your case, you may recover monetary damages that can facilitate your child’s ongoing recovery.
Contact Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. at (877) 958-7920 to schedule a consultation today.