Lead Contamination in Lipsticks - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/12/07

Lead Contamination in Lipsticks

It's not uncommon to hear about toys that are recalled because they contain lead, but now there's a new concern, a lipstick may also contain lead.

That's according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics which bought 33 lipsticks in different cities across the country and sent them to an independent lab for testing.

"Sixty-one percent of the products, brands at all price levels, were contaminated with lead.  None of these products listed lead as an ingredient on the label," said Stacy Malkan, with Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

"This news is so upsetting because lipstick and other sources provide lead to mothers' bodies which then get stored and then mobilized directly to the babies as they're born," said Dr. Sean Palfrey, a pediatrician with Boston Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

Lead is a neurotoxin that has been known to be a health risk because it has been linked to developmental problems in some children, which is why pregnant women are especially vulnerable to lead exposure.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics wants the FDA to regulate lead in lipstick. However, on the flip side, a spokesman for the cosmetic industry argues "the average amount of lead a woman would be exposed to when using cosmetics is one-thousand times less than the amount she would get from eating, breathing, and drinking water that meets EPA drinking water standards."

 For more information on the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, go to click here.

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