Food and Drug Administration warns consumers not to buy 13 China-made lipsticks with high lead content

Buyers should quickly kiss these toxic lipsticks goodbye.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer's Philip Tubeza reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to the public against buying 13 "unnotified" lipsticks from China that contain high levels of lead and other heavy metals.


According to the report, the FDA discovered heavy metals to be "inherently present in pigments (colorants) and in some raw materials that are used to produce" the toxic cosmetic products. The lipsticks "unnotified" or not certified by the FDA are: Baolishi No. 8, Baolishi No. 20 (green), Baolishi No. 20 (yellow), Baolishi No. 25, Baolishi No. 37, Miss Beauty No. 6, Miss Beauty Vitamin C No. 11, Shijing No. 39, Ling Mei No. 12, Heng Fang No. 8, Popa Italy 3 in 1, L'Oreal No. 209 and Luoys Paris No. 05.


The FDA said that lead is a proven toxicant that "had been linked to high blood pressure, joint pain, poor memory and concentration problems" in adults. Consumers can check if a cosmetic product is registered through the FDA's website.


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