New FDA Study Found Lead In 400 Lipsticks
"Lead in lipstick" is not new issue for the beauty industry. Back in 2007 a study found that more than a half of tested lipsticks contained lead. The most recent study conducted by FDA reveals that all tested lipsticks contain lead the levels of which reach 7.19 ppm (the upper limit for lead in candy is 0.1 ppm).
The issue of lead content in cosmetics is becoming more worrying as the new FDA study reveals that all 400 tested lipsticks contain various levels of lead. The highest lead content levels were found in top ten lipsticks by L’Oréal USA, Shiseido, Procter & Gamble, and Stargazer. The the upper limit for lead content in candy is 0.1 ppm (parts per million).
A known neurotoxin lead can cause developmental and learning problems. It is especially dangerous for pregnant women and children. Lead accumulation in the body through the constant lead exposure from food, water, soil, cosmetics and other sources can cause lead poisoning.
Meanwhile FDA states that while candy is produced for ingestion only a small amount of lipstick is ingested. The agency thus doesn’t “believe” that lead contained in lipsticks is a safety issue. Although the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics that conducted a lab test for lead content in lipsticks of 33 popular brands in 2007 cites experts and The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying that there is no safe blood lead level.
FDA is also considering to put an upper limit for lead content in lipsticks. But meanwhile you can contact the cosmetic companies and ask them to remove lead from their products.
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