New study finds traces of lead in Halloween face paint - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/29/09

New study finds traces of lead in Halloween face paint

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A new study suggests trick-or-treaters should leave the face paint at home.  The report sponsored by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has found traces of lead in ten products they say are easily available in stores and on the internet. 

Now, the FDA apparently doesn't agree because none of the products tested violate the government limit on lead, but critics argue no amount of lead should be in products used by children since the CDC has found that lead exposure can trigger developmental problems.  This test by an independent lab found all ten paints contain lead, and six also contained traces of nickel, cobalt and/or chromium.

"You are dealing with something that is highly toxic to the nervous system and these effects can be irreversible," said Dr. Samuel Epstein, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition.  "There is no such thing as a safe level of carcinogen."

The products tested include: Alex face paint, Mehron glow in the dark, Fantasy F-X, Snazaroo face painting kit, Jovi make-up, and Mehron six-pack greasepaint crayons.  If you choose to use face paint, the FDA says it should be kept away from mouths and eyes and should not be used at all if it has a bad smell.  The campaign for safe cosmetics also offers homemade face paint recipes. To see their website, (Click Here).

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