Hundreds of Lipsticks Contaminated With Lead

According to a new report, the Food and Drug Administration reveals that the use of lead in lipstick is worse than previously reported. The recent study found up to 7.19 parts per million of lead in most of the 400 lipsticks tested—more than twice the levels reported in a previous FDA study.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics sent a letter to the FDA to correct misleading statements on their website about the safety of lead in lipstick. The FDA has studied the levels of lead in lipstick, but has not conducted health studies or safety assessments. However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that no amount of lead is safe for children or pregnant women.

“Lead is a proven neurotoxin that can cause learning, language, and behavioral problems. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure because lead easily crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain where it can interfere with normal development,” explains Sean Palfrey, MD, professor of pediatrics and public health at Boston University.

Lead is also known to build up in the body over time, causing brain damage, anemia, nervous system disruption, and in extreme cases, death.

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