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California Proposition 65 Update: Lead Limits for Cosmetic Products

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The Superior Court of the County of Alameda in California has ordered to grant the modification of a previous consent judgment pertaining to the lead limits of cosmetic products. The order supersedes all lead limits originally set in the consent judgment; however it does not apply to any cosmetic or accessory items that are not the covered products.

The Challenge:

The new requirements shall become:

  • Any lipstick item shall contain less than 5 ppm lead;
  • Any lipliner item shall contain less than 5 ppm lead;
  • Any eyeshadow item shall contain less than 10 ppm lead;
  • Any blush item shall contain less than 10 ppm lead.

Notes:

A similar consent judgment pertaining to the exposure of lead and lead compounds to users who use or handle cosmetic products was also approved by Los Angeles superior court earlier. Under the terms of the agreement, cosmetic products or each ingredient in the cosmetic products shall contain no more than 7.5 ppm lead (Sparkle Vol. 305). Manufacturers and importers may need to review their quality control limits again in order to ensure the best protection of their brand reputation.

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