In a recent study, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that over 400 lipsticks, made by some of the most popular and exclusive lipstick brands, contain double the amount of lead previously thought. The FDA did not, however, analyze the health consequences of these lead amounts and released a statement claiming that the lead levels did not present a health safety concern. Many doctors, researchers and medical groups have disagreed with the FDA. In particular, critics raise concerns about whether pregnant women should use lipstick given that lead can easily pass through the placenta wall and interfere with fetal brain development. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has warned that there is no safe level of lead exposure and encouraged pregnant women and children to limit their exposure.
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