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ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA

 

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You may want to ditch the lipstick. A new FDA study shows most lipsticks contain higher levels of lead than previously detected. WTSP has the story.
 
“The FDA found lead in most of the 400 lipsticks it tested. Many had twice as much lead compared to the last FDA study back in 2007.”
 
L’Oreal leads the pack. Five of its lipsticks ranked among the top 10 most contaminated brands. Others included Cover Girl, Maybelline and Revlon. But a L’Oreal spokeswoman sees no reason for concern -- Bloomberg quotes her.
 
REBECCA CARUSO: “The lead levels we found are within the limits recommended by other public health authorities. L’Oreal maintains the highest standards for safety and consumers can use all of our products with complete confidence.”
 
But a Campaign for Safe Cosmetics spokeswoman isn’t satisfied with that explanation. ABC News reports on the study’s findings, and quotes the spokeswoman.
 
“Children’s products in the U.S. cannot contain more than 100 parts per million of lead. The highest offending lipstick contained 7.19 parts per million, [the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ said.] … [a spokeswoman said] ‘There is no safe level of lead exposure. It builds up in the body over time. A little bit every day is adding up and staying with you.”
 
The group argues the FDA imposes no standards for regulating chemicals in cosmetics.

 
But the medical director of Boston’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program tells Forbes any quantity of lead can be harmful.
 
SEAN PALFREY: “Lead is a proven neurotoxin that can cause learning, language and behavioral problems such as lowered IQ, reduced school performance and increased aggression. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable ... because lead easily crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain where it can interfere with normal development.”
 
After seeing negative response to the study, the FDA says it will consider regulating lead levels in lipstick.

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Study: Levels of Lead in Lipstick Higher than Expected

(Image source: SheBytes)

BY VERONICA POLIVANAYA

ANCHOR LAUREN ZIMA

 

You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy.

You may want to ditch the lipstick. A new FDA study shows most lipsticks contain higher levels of lead than previously detected. WTSP has the story.
 
“The FDA found lead in most of the 400 lipsticks it tested. Many had twice as much lead compared to the last FDA study back in 2007.”
 
L’Oreal leads the pack. Five of its lipsticks ranked among the top 10 most contaminated brands. Others included Cover Girl, Maybelline and Revlon. But a L’Oreal spokeswoman sees no reason for concern -- Bloomberg quotes her.
 
REBECCA CARUSO: “The lead levels we found are within the limits recommended by other public health authorities. L’Oreal maintains the highest standards for safety and consumers can use all of our products with complete confidence.”
 
But a Campaign for Safe Cosmetics spokeswoman isn’t satisfied with that explanation. ABC News reports on the study’s findings, and quotes the spokeswoman.
 
“Children’s products in the U.S. cannot contain more than 100 parts per million of lead. The highest offending lipstick contained 7.19 parts per million, [the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ said.] … [a spokeswoman said] ‘There is no safe level of lead exposure. It builds up in the body over time. A little bit every day is adding up and staying with you.”
 
The group argues the FDA imposes no standards for regulating chemicals in cosmetics.

 
But the medical director of Boston’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program tells Forbes any quantity of lead can be harmful.
 
SEAN PALFREY: “Lead is a proven neurotoxin that can cause learning, language and behavioral problems such as lowered IQ, reduced school performance and increased aggression. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable ... because lead easily crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain where it can interfere with normal development.”
 
After seeing negative response to the study, the FDA says it will consider regulating lead levels in lipstick.

Transcript by Newsy.
 

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