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Forbes: Is That Lead In Your Lipstick? FDA Tests Reveal Raised Lead Levels In U.S. Lipsticks
February 15, 2012, 2:54 pm
Filed under: News

In 2007, largely in response to a report released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the FDA began testing various lipsticks sold in the United States. After testing some 400 brands, FDA scientists concluded that none of them contained unsafe levels of lead. Many of them did contain lead, but all were below the 5 parts-per-million recommended as safe by the state of California (known to have the most conservative law on the use of lead in consumer products), and far below the 10ppm considered to be the maximum safe limit by Health Canada, which has drafted guidelines on impurities in cosmetics, such as lead. At the time, those weighing in with the most lead contained about 3 parts per million.  The FDA said there was no cause for consumer concern, especially given how little lipstick is actually ingested.

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