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Lead may be in lipsticks marketed to children

The Food and Drug Administration recently tested hundreds of tubes of lipstick marketed toward women.

But what about the products geared for kids? Are they safe?

We did our own research and took five samples to testing laboratories.

Two of the products are clearly marketed toward little girls. Three of them are geared more for teens and young adults.

The chemists put the products through two tests.

Each sample came back with less than 40 parts per million of lead.

The chemists don't see any red flags, considering the levels are in compliance with current federal requirements.

But Dr. Olivia Aranha with Cape Medical Oncology in Cape Girardeau, Missouri says there is no safe level of lead.

"In children, you want it to be undetectable," said Aranha.

She says early lead exposure in children can cause problems with memory, development or worse.

"We worry about the risk of cancer from exposure," she added.

As for possible regulations down the road, the FDA is evaluating possible limitations.

But again, they find no concerns with products currently on the market.

It's important to mention in those products we tested, lab workers say the exact lead content is unclear. We just know they came back as less than 40 parts per million.

We're told there's no way to determine whether lipstick is 100 percent lead-free.

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