55 Percent of Lipsticks Contain Lead - Does Yours?
Now Can You Please Tell Us WHICH Ones?
Good Morning America conducted a test to see whether lipsticks really contain lead and, guess what, they do! Working on GMA's behalf, scientests at Underwriters Laboratories found that 55% of the 22 samples they tested did contain lead. Aack!
Here's what the morning news show reported: "We found lead levels ranging from no detectable level to 3.22 parts per million. That’s below the limit for lipstick in California, which is 5 parts per million, and Europe, which is 10 parts per million. And it’s progress, because it’s less lead than when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tested lipsticks in 2010. At that time, its highest lead level was 7 parts per million int he products we tested. But anti-lead activists say manufacturers should remove all lead from their lipsticks."
Oh, and there was little tidbit, too: "What we know now is that even the lowest levels of lead can harm your IQ, your behavior, your ability to learn, so we want to make sure that it is out of everything that is in the environment of children." That, according to the medical director for the Boston Lead Poisoining Prevention Program, so, yeah, maybe he knows a thing or two about of what he speaks.
Here's the kicker of this story though, GMA did not reveal which lipstick brands contain lead and which didn't. And, while they said that they'd tested both bargain and high-priced brands, viewers were left wondering whether what was in their bag (or, heck, on their mouth) was dangerous.
Why run the story and not bust the baddies?