New FDA analysis finds lead in all 400 lipstick products tesNew FDA analysis finds lead in all 400 lipstick products tested
95percent of lipstick products tested had more lead content than is allowed in candy bars
In the initial 2007 analysis, the FDA tested the same 20 red shades of lipstick that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found had lead in greater amounts than were allowed for candy bars. The FDA analysis found that 19 of the 20 exceeded the 0.1 ppm maximum limit for candy bars and the average lead content was found to be 1.07 ppm. The new expanded analysis confirmed the previous results, finding lead content in all 400 products tested with 380 of the products exceeding the limit for candy bars.
To put the two sets of analyses in perspective, both found lead in 100 percent of the products tested and 95 percent of the lipstick products lead content exceeded the maximum safe amount of lead allowed in candy bars.
The latest analysis reviewed top lipstick brands sold to children and adults alike and was performed by Frontier Global Sciences, Inc., a private laboratory based in Seattle, WA. The new analysis is due to be published in the May/June, 2012, issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Science. The 400 lipstick products were all purchased at retail stores between February and July 2010.
Of the 400 lipsticks tested, the top five offenders were:
1. Maybelline's "Color Sensational 125 Pink Petal" at 7.19 ppm of lead.
2. L'Oreal's "Colour Riche 410 Volcanic" at 7.00 ppm.
3. NARS' "Semi-Matte 1005 Red Lizard" at 4.93 ppm.
4. Cover Girl Queen Collection's "Vibrant Hues Color Q580 Ruby Remix" at 4.92 ppm.
5. NARS' "Semi-Matte 1009 Funny Face" at 4.89 ppm.
The full list of lipsticks tested and manufacturers can be viewed at:
Though the FDA maintains that the amounts of lead found are not dangerous, their site does note "Although we do not believe that the lead content found in our recent lipstick analyses poses a safety concern, we are evaluating whether there may be a need to recommend an upper limit for lead in lipstick in order to further protect the health and welfare of consumers."
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