400 shades of lipstick found to contain lead, FDA says

“We do not consider the lead levels we found in the lipsticks to be a safety concern,” the FDA said.

The Washington Post reports:

A recent federal analysis showing that 400 shades of popular lipstick contained trace amounts of lead has exacerbated an ongoing dispute between regulators and consumer activists over how much lead is safe in cosmetics.

Five lipsticks made by L’Oreal and Maybelline, owned by L’Oreal USA, ranked among the top 10 most contaminated of the cosmetics, according to testing by the Food and Drug Administration. Two Cover Girl and two NARS lipsticks also landed in the top 10, as did one made by Stargazer…

“We do not consider the lead levels we found in the lipsticks to be a safety concern,” the FDA said in its online comments. “The lead levels we found are within the limits recommended by other public health authorities for lead in cosmetics”…

Read the entire Post report.

Click for the debunking of the lead-in-lipstick scare by the Personal Care Products Council.

Click for the FDA survey.

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