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Push to get lead out of lipstick

11:46 PM, Feb 9, 2009   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida--This Valentine's Day you may want to pass on the ruby red lipstick.

Consumer advocacy groups and U-S Senators have been pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to release government lead in lipstick test results since 2007.

The results reportedly take 10 days to complete.

In October 2007, non-profit, consumer advocacy group, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported an independent lab found 20 out of 33 random red lipsticks tested positive for lead.

According to CSC, the top brands that tested positive for lead in 2007 include:

L'Oreal Colour Riche "True Red"

L'Oreal Colour Riche "Classic Wine"

Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor "Maximum Red"

Christian Dior Addict "Positive Red"

An industry representative told CNN the products tested by the CSC meet FDA standards.

Read CNN's story about lead found in red lipstick back in 2007.

You can tell the FDA to get lead out of lipstick by clicking here.

Read FAQ about lead in lipstick.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics does not believe lead belongs in cosmetics. They say some U.S. companies even reformulate cosmetics and remove chemicals so the products can be sold in Europe where there are tighter regulations.

According to Stacy Malkan/Campaign for Safe Cosmetic, "The typical turnaround time in a laboratory for lead tests is 10 days. There's no reason for FDA to sit on its lead-in-lipstick research for over a year."

"The scientific data is conclusive: Lead in any amount is a health concern. Lead is a proven neurotoxin that can cause learning and behavioral problems, and pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable."

Heather Van Nest, 10 Connects News

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