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FDA Tests Find Traces of Lead in LipstickSubmitted: 02/16/2012
Story By Jenn Sullivan

WASHINGTON D.C. - Recent test results by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are raising health concerns about lipstick.

An alarming new report by the FDA suggests lipstick may contain lead.

During testing, more than four hundred types of lipstick showed up positive all with various amounts.

Even if the levels were low, any presence of lead can be very harmful.


Spokesperson for the Wis. Dept. of Health Beth Kaplan said, "The lipstick maybe an extremely low level but what you have to look at is it's still another source of lead."

The FDA's Web Site lists how much lead was found during their study but the company released this statement saying their findings did not raise concerns.

"We do not consider the lead levels to be a safety concern. The lead levels we found are within the limits recommended by other public health authorities for lead in cosmetics, including lipstick," said the statement.

These levels may not be harmful for adults, but the FDA does not specify whether the levels found in lipstick can be harmful to children.

"The symptoms of high levels of lead are subtle and usually not seen until they're in school and it's affecting their learning," said Kaplan. She went on to say that exposure to lead over a long period of time is what makes this element so dangerous.

Kaplan said anyone with questions or concerns about lead exposure should contact their physician or local Health Department.

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