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Let’s get angry-there’s lead in our lipstick!

Why are we obsessed with silly news stories like bears playing in someone’s backyard pool (played over and over on our news this past week!), but news that our lipstick contains lead (http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/regulations/us-laws/lead-in-lipstick/) goes largely unnoticed?

Lead in Lipstick

I had never heard of this issue until yesterday, and now I’m just appalled. I am so thankful I’ve never been a big lipstick wearer, because I don’t like the waxy feel of it on my lips. But what about the women who wear it every day for work? Who kiss their children before sending them off to school and when they tuck them into bed at night?

The linked article says:

It took nearly two years, pressure from consumers and a letter from three U.S. Senators, but in 2009 the FDA released a follow-up study that found lead in all samples of lipstick tested, at levels ranging from 0.09 to 3.06 ppm – levels four times higher than those found in the Campaign study. The FDA found the highest lead levels in lipsticks made by three manufacturers: Procter & Gamble (Cover Girl brand), L’Oreal (L’Oreal, Body Shop and Maybelline brands) and Revlon.

So far, the FDA has failed to take action to protect consumers.

An expanded FDA study in 2010 found lead in 400 lipsticks at levels up to 7.19 ppm.”

We should be rallying for safer cosmetics, outraged that companies would do this to us. Where is the news coverage, and why do we have to get angry before the FDA will do its job?