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Lead found in hundreds of popular lipsticks

Lead has been detected in over 400 popular lipsticks, according to a new FDA study.  However, the agency disagrees with consumer activists on the danger posed by the findings.

The highest level found was 7.19 parts per million in Maybelline Color Sensation lipstick.  Federal regulations cap children’s products with a 100 parts per million limit.  The comparison is relevant because lead levels in cosmetics are unregulated.  The FDA claims that the levels found in lipstick are safe, posing no health concerns.  But the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a consumer activist group, disagrees.  The group argues that no level of lead is safe and stated that lead can build up in the body over time, making even a small amount of regular exposure hazardous.

The group is imploring the FDA to set manufacturing standards limiting the amount of lead and chemicals in cosmetics.  Without such regulations, the Campaign argues, manufacturers may use any chemical in any amount.  Furthermore, the Center for Disease Control states that no amount of lead exposure is safe for children.  The agency has asked companies to remove lead from their products so that pregnant women and children are prevented from exposure.  However, without an official law or regulation, manufacturers are free to disregard the request.

Price level appeared to have no effect on led contamination.  The lipstick with the lowest lead levels, Wet & Wild Mega Mixers Lip Balm, was also the least expensive.

For more on the study’s results, visit ABC News.

 

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