News Archive 2013

News Alert: Lead and other metals in lipstick and lip gloss

May 21, 2013 - Environmental Health Perspectives, a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences journal, recently released a University of California (Berkley) study addressing health risks associated with the intake of potentially toxic metals contained in lipstick and lip gloss. Mérieux NutriSciences, through its Chelab Silliker business unit in Italy, offers a comprehensive range of analytical services for the cosmetic industry, including the detection of lead and other metals in lipstick and lipgloss.

According to estimates, an average woman intakes 24 mg of make-up per day, with high rates of daily product usage up to 87 mg. Metals of leading concern are lead and chromium VI along with aluminium, cadmium and manganese.

In Europe, cosmetic products are regulated by the Council Directive 76/768/EEC, prohibiting the presence of more than a dozen potentially harmful metals intended for skin use. The University of Berkley study suggests that the safety of cosmetics should be assessed not only by the presence of hazardous contents, but also by comparing estimated exposures with health based standards.

Mérieux NutriSciences offers a full range of services for cosmetic manufacturers: chemical and microbiological analysis, consulting, sensory analysis, consumer tests and technical regulatory assistance.

Swift Silliker can courier samples to Italy on your behalf.

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