FDA Gives *Gentle* Recommendation about Lead in Lipstick, Other Cosmetics

Yep. Gentle and unenforceable. But something at least.


Limit Lead Levels in Lipstick, Other Cosmetics, FDA says



The FDA issued gentle guidance this week recommending that cosmetics makers keep lead contamination to no more than 10 parts per million…

Guidance like this is not enforceable.

There’s a 30-day comment period before the guidance takes effect…

The agency started the tests after the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested lipsticks and found lead in them in 2007.

“The FDA posted the results of its surveys of lipsticks in 2009 and 2011, and today is posting the additional results for cosmetic lip products and from the testing of externally applied cosmetics.”

Scientists at the agency came up with a way to test lipstick and other products for lead content. Most products had 1 part per million on average…

They did some calculations to figure out how likely people are to absorb lead from lipstick compared to, say, eye shadow worn for a few hours.

“The FDA has concluded that use of cosmetics that meet the maximum recommended lead level would not pose a health risk and is not advising consumers to change their current use of cosmetics based on lead levels,” it added.

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