Good Morning America tested 22 lipsticks and lip glosses from drug stores and department stores for lead, and ran a story on the results—and what they mean—this morning.
Of the 22 samples, 12 (55 percent) contained lead. As the Breast Cancer Fund's Director of Program and Policy, Janet Nudelman, points out in the segment, the results show that it's possible to make lipstick without lead.
GMA's sampling follows testing initiated by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in 2007 (the Breast Cancer Fund is a founding member of the Campaign), and the FDA in 2009 and 2011. Lead is a neurotoxin that is especially harmful to fetuses, babies and children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that "no safe blood lead level has been identified."