Top lipstick brands carry highest lead levels
Is THIS why we have so many autistic kids these days???
Four hundred of the most popular lipsticks in the US contained trace levels of lead when tested recently, confirming similar results of earlier analyses but on a much wider scale and at higher levels than previously detected.
Five L'Oreal and Maybelline lipsticks, owned by L'Oreal USA, ranked among the top 10 most contaminated brands, according to the analysis by the Food and Drug Administration. Two Cover Girl and two NARS lipsticks also landed in top 10 slots, as did one from Stargazer.
The findings exacerbate an ongoing disagreement between the FDA and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a consumer group that's been pushing the government for years to set limits for lead levels in lipsticks.The FDA's most recent analysis found the highest level of lead, 7.19 parts per million, in Maybelline's Color Sensational "Pink Petal" lipstick. But the average lead concentration in the 400 lipsticks tested was 1.11 parts per million, very close to the average from its initial survey of about two dozen lipsticks in 2008."Lead builds in the body over time, and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant level exposure," Mark Mitchell, co-chairman of the Environmental Health Task Force for the National Medical Association, said in the group's statement.