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Lead in lipstick marketed to children?

We took five samples to Saint Louis testing laboratories. We took five samples to Saint Louis testing laboratories.
Each sample came back with less than 40 parts per million of lead. Each sample came back with less than 40 parts per million of lead.
Dr. Olivia Aranha with Cape Medical Oncology says there is no safe level of lead. Dr. Olivia Aranha with Cape Medical Oncology says there is no safe level of lead.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The Food and Drug Administration recently tested hundreds of tubes of lipstick marketed toward women.

But what about the products geared for kids? Are they safe?

We did our own research

Most little girls love to play dress up and make-up is the finishing touch. They want to look grown up.

But does that come at a cost?

We took five samples to Saint Louis testing laboratories.

Two of the products are clearly marketed toward little girls. And three of them are geared more for teens and young adults.

The chemists put the products through two tests.

Each sample came back with less than 40 parts per million of lead.

The chemists don't see any red flags, considering the levels are in compliance with current federal requirements.

Dr. Olivia Aranha with Cape Medical Oncology says there is no safe level of lead.

"In children you want it to be undetectable," said Aranha.

She says early lead exposure in children can cause problems with memory, development or worse.

"We worry about the risk of cancer from exposure," she said.

As for possible regulations down the road, the FDA is evaluating possible limitations.

But again, they find no concerns with products currently on the market.

It's important to mention in those products we tested, lab workers say the exact lead content is unclear.

We just know they came back as less than 40 parts per million.

We're told there's no way to determine whether lipstick is 100 percent lead free.

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