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For the record

"Are heavy metals in lipsticks linked to cancer?" Image

"Are heavy metals in lipsticks linked to cancer?"

On 2nd May 2013 articles in The Sun, the Daily Mail and the Metro, linked trace amounts of metals in lipstick to harmful health effects.

Dr John Hoskins, independent toxicologist, described today’s coverage as:

"Yet another piece showing that modern technology allows us to analyse for many things, particularly metals, present in materials in minute traces. There is no evidence of a harmful relationship between these trace levels and human health."

We debunked a story similar to this in a ‘For the Record’ in 2012.

The CTPA has published factsheets on heavy metals in cosmetics, with more background on this story.

Document type: For The Record

Published: 2 May 2013

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