Current Weather
The Spy FM

Consumer Groups Want Lead Out Of Lipstick

Filed by KOSU News in Health.
February 15, 2012

Valentine’s Day brought new attention to an old issue. Is the amount of lead found in lipstick a health hazard?

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a consortium of consumer and environmental groups, thinks so. They’ve argued that there’s no safe level for lead in lipsticks — especially for pregnant women and kids — and want the agency to do something to bring the amount of the metal down.

Earlier this month, the group fired off a letter urging FDA to put a limit on lipstick lead. A trade group for cosmetics makers says lead isn’t put in lipstick on purpose, but it sometimes contaminates raw ingredients.

There’s no specific lead limit now for any cosmetics, though color additives used in them are capped at about 20 parts per million, the FDA says.

The FDA’s website says there’s no reason for worry:

“Lipstick, as a product intended for topical use with limited absorption, is ingested only in very small quantities. We do not consider the lead levels we found in the lipsticks to be a safety concern.”

The CSC questioned that assessement, asking the FDA how it came to that conclusion.

The agency released test result for 400 lipsticks late last year. Overall, the agency found the average lead concentration in lipsticks to be 1.11 ppm.

While the agency said the results don’t rise to the level of concern for public safety, it is considering the necessity for “an upper limit for lead in lipstick in order to further protect the health and welfare of consumers.”

If you’re worried about lead in the meantime, you can pick lipsticks with less of it. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Leave a Reply

5PM to 7PM American Routes

American Routes

Hosted by Nick Spitzer, American Routes is a two-hour weekly excursion into American music, spanning eras and genresroots rock and soul, blues and country, jazz, gospel and beyond.

Listen Live Now!

7PM to 9PM The Oklahoma Rock Show

The Oklahoma Rock Show

The Oklahoma Rock Show filters through dozens of submissions a week to find the best in new local music. Ryan LaCroix is the host and mastermind behind the show and teaches at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO).

View the program guide!

9PM to 5AM The Spy

The Spy

An eclectic mix of the Spy's library of more than 10,000 songs curated by Ferris O'Brien.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center