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FDA Suggests a Limit on Lead in Lipstick and Other Cosmetics

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The Food and Drug Administration has suggested to limit lead quantities to 10 parts per million in cosmetics in the US such as lipsticks, lip glosses, lip liners, as well as externally applied cosmetics such as eye shadows, blushes body lotions and shampoo.

This limit does not apply to hair dyes or to products classified as drugs.

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According to a new draft guidance issues by the FDA on Thursday, a limit has been suggested to limit the quantities of lead to a maximum of 10 parts per million in in cosmetics marketed in the US.

According to a summary document written by Leslie Kux, associate commissioner for policy at the FDA, the new guidance “does not establish any rights for any person and is not binding.”

She says the guidance simply shows the FDA’s “current thinking” and attention towards the issue of lead in cosmetic products.

“Although most cosmetics on the market in the United States generally already contain less than 10 ppm of lead, a small number contained higher amounts, and we are aware that some cosmetics from other countries contain lead at higher levels,” the FDA said on its website.

“This makes guidance on recommended maximum lead levels all the more important as more products are imported into this country.”

FDA’s “thinking” is that amounts of lead less than 10 parts per million will not result in detectable or significant levels of lead in the blood.

Lead can accumulate in the body over time and impact almost every organ in the body.

Technically, no amounts of lead are considered safe, but certain amounts are not considered “elevated.” The less lead the better.

This quantity is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood for children is considered elevated.