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Jun. 16 – Canada: Tests reveal lead in lipsticks; Health Canada says levels safe

Article from Canada’s National Post:

Twenty-one of 26 samples tested at Health Canada’s product safety laboratories contained lead levels of 0.079 parts per million to 0.84 parts per million…

One lipstick sample had 6.3 parts per million, while the remainder contained no detectable levels of lead…

In the U.S. tests, the highest lead content found was 0.65 ppm (L’Oreal Colour Riche True Red), in excess of the 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The American study prompted the state of California to decide that any lipstick containing five parts per million or more would require a safety-hazard warning to consumers…

Canada, however, uses 10 parts per million as its safety threshold, which is the international standard set by the United States Pharmacopeia for lead impurity for oral products. Health Canada says this standard is “conservative” and “protective of consumers,” including younger girls.

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