According to Fitzgerald, the talc in the makeup was contaminated with asbestos.
Talc is a mineral that is a common ingredient in makeup. Fitzgerald said it “forms in the earth with other minerals and some of those minerals are asbestos.”
Although both asbestos and talc are naturally occurring, the Food and Drug Administration says that asbestos is a "known carcinogen."
“For this reason, FDA considers it unacceptable for cosmetic talc to be contaminated with asbestos,” the organization’s website said.
According to the National Cancer Institute, it can take 20 years after asbestos exposure for malignant mesothelioma to form.
Teen Vogue reported that the "Just Shine Shimmer Powder" is no longer for sale on the Justice website, but it has not appeared on the site's recalls section. A link to the product on the website contains the title, "do not sell." Justice issued the following statement to WTVD in response to the investigation:
"Justice is committed to the safety and integrity of our products. Upon receiving the inquiry from WTVD, we immediately began an independent investigation. We cannot speculate regarding the matter until we have more information. Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, we have stopped the sale of this product while we investigate."