Cosmetics Heavy Metals

May 17, 2011 by Post Team 

Cosmetics Heavy MetalsCosmetics Heavy Metals, Lobby the group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has drawn attention to a new study that highlights the potential for dangerous levels of heavy metals in cosmetic products. The report, which originates in Defense of Environment Canada, shows that the popular cosmetic products may contain heavy metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium. The study lists 49 products and personal care cosmetics that were tested during the study, all of which were found to contain heavy metals, some of which “exceeded the limits recommended by Health Canada, the government watchdog.

Heavy metals are not labeled; the report also highlights the fact that none of the heavy metals detected during the testing process were actually labeled on the product. “Consumers in the U.S. use the same products face similar weakness in the safety of cosmetics,” said Lisa Archer, Director of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which is also affiliated with the Breast Cancer Fund.

“The fact that there are many hidden impurities cosmetic shows how urgently we need laws to protect consumers by ensuring that products are safe.” All products tested contained nickel, tests found that all the products of nickel, 96 percent content of lead and 90 percent of beryllium, while a product containing seven of the eight heavy metals are testing for, which also included arsenic, cadmium, mercury, selenium and thallium.

The product selected as containing the highest level of lead was lip gloss Benetint benefits, which measures 110ppm in the tests, a figure that is claimed to be 10 times the safety limit recommended by Health Canada.

Heavy metals are not required to be labeled by manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care marketing or distribution of products in Canada or North America, although the organization cites Health Canada to be more proactive by setting limits Suggested security.

Moving towards vegetable dyes, “Some cosmetics companies are moving towards vegetable dyes to prevent contamination of heavy metals,” said Archer. “Others are asking their suppliers for the detection of pollutants. But the only way to protect all consumers is to pass laws to ensure the products we use in our bodies are safe.”

In 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics drew attention to studies highlighting the potentially toxic levels of lead in lipsticks is commonly sold in North America.

But two years later, scientists at the FDA responded to the demands with a study that found levels of lead in lipstick were well below those recommended by international regulatory authorities – a fact that was picked up by the Personal Care Products Council.

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