Could your Valentine’s kiss give you lead poisoning?

“The FDA, for its part, agreed there is no cause for alarm.”

Reuters’ Mitch Lipka writes:

If you’re going to be on either end of a kiss this Valentine’s Day, you might want to consider smooching bare-lipped. Most lipstick contains lead.

Lead has been banned in paint since 1978 because of its toxicity at low levels, but it still shows up in small amounts in some of the best-selling lipstick brands.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which did an analysis of a study of lead in lipstick conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, wants consumers to know that most of the 400 different lipsticks tested were positive for the substance (

“Recognizing that there is no safe level of lead exposure, we need to be protecting women and children from all levels of exposure,” said Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the campaign — a non-profit coalition of environmental- and cancer-prevention groups…

Read the entire commentary.

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

4 thoughts on “Could your Valentine’s kiss give you lead poisoning?”

  1. Plumbumphobia strikes deep, Into your heart it will creep.

    “Recognizing that there is no safe level of lead exposure.”

    OSHA says there is.

    “The employer shall assure that no employee is exposed to lead at concentrations greater than fifty micrograms per cubic meter of air (50 ug/m(3)) averaged over an 8-hour period.”

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