Gallery: “Good Morning America” Finds Traces of Lead in 55 Percent of Lips...

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A swipe of a red lipstick may have a transformative effect like no other, but could your signature crimson pucker be responsible for less-than-desirable changes, as well? A recent investigation by Good Morning America revealed that 12 of 22 of lipstick samples—or 55 percent—contained trace amounts of lead, some as high as 3.22 part per million. Lead is a potent neurotoxin that can cause learning, behavioral, and other problems, but even the worst offenders aren’t guilty of anything illegal. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests a lead limit of 0.1 parts per million for candy, the cosmetics industry isn’t beholden to any such threshold outside of California. (The Golden State recommends a maximum of 5 parts per million.) And because lead is considered an “unintended” byproduct of the manufacturing process, cosmetics manufacturers aren’t required to declare it on their ingredient labels.

Should cosmetics firms give lead in lipstick the kiss-off?

  • 2 Votes HELL NO! Lead is an insignificant byproduct of manufacturing lipstick.
  • 141 Votes HELL YES! If it's possible to make lipstick without lead, what's the hold-up?

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