October 12, 2007
-- by Dave Johnson
Cosmetics are not regulated. The big cosmetic corporations can do whatever they want. So they choose profits over people.
One-third of the lipsticks tested contained an amount of lead that exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy -- a standard established to protect children from ingesting lead, the group said. Thirty-nine percent of the lipsticks tested had no discernible lead, it said.When are people going to wake up and understand that WE are in charge here, not the corporations? They should be serving us, not the other way around.
[. . .] "Lead builds up in the body over time and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels. The latest studies show there is no safe level of lead exposure," said Dr. Mark Mitchell, president of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice.
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Actually, cosmetics ARE regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
That doesn't negate the basic point here, of course. Just adds another layer of complexity to the situation. Why did it fall to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to uncover this problem? Why isn't the FDA on top of things like this?
Oops--I keep forgetting the mantra. Corporations good; government regulation bad. Support for government watchdogs--very bad.
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