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Lead is cropping up everywhere. Toys, paint, and now lipstick. The leading brands of lipstick, including L’Oreal Colour Riche “True Red,” L’Oreal Colour Riche “Classic Wine,” Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor “Maximum Red” and Dior Addict “Positive Red,” all contained detectable levels of lead. In all, 61% of all lipstick tested had detectable levels of lead. Manufacturers insist that their products are safe. The lead tests were conducted by an independent laboratory over the month of September on red lipsticks bought in Boston, Hartford, Conn., San Francisco and Minneapolis, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), a group made up of women’s, public health, labor, environmental health and consumer-rights groups including the Breast Cancer Fund, Clean Water Fund and National Environmental Trust.

For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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