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Lead Poisoning in a Valentines Day kiss!

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Lead Poisoning in a Valentines Day kiss!

Did you know that most lipstick contains lead? Lead has been banned in paint since 1978 because of its toxicity at low levels, but it still shows up in small amounts in some of the best-selling lipstick brands.

A Reuters report in the USA says that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which did an analysis of a study of lead in lipstick conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, wants consumers to know that most of the 400 different lipsticks tested were positive for the substance.

There is no safe level of lead exposure. In particular it will cause harm to all women and children. There is presently no study on whether there are any dangers to having the substance applied to human lips, particularly the lips of children and pregnant women. Ingestion of lipstick happens. It gets into our bodies and lead accumulates in people.

The group said that five of the nine lipstick brands with the most lead are sold by L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics maker.

The FDA did not find high levels of lead in lipstick, and the method for measuring lead in lipstick did not find levels that would raise health concerns.

An advisory committee to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken a position that there is no safe level of lead for children. So, should it be OK for lead to be in lipstick? And, in particular, for certain brands to have more than others?

So, if you’re still lead conscious, consider how you’ll handle your lips and those you’ll be sharing them with this Valentine’s Day.

  

Last changed: Feb 15 2012 at 1:34 PM

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