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Tuesday, June 18 2013, 07:59 AM MDT
Harmful Chemicals Found In Beauty Products
(KUTV) Mascara, lipstick, lotions and shampoo will likely be popular stocking stuffers this holiday season.

But do you really know what's in these products, and are they safe?

Do consumers need to be worried about the chemicals in their personal care products?

One lobbying group says, yes, we should be concerned.

There are chemicals including lead, formaldehyde and lead acetate in some products.

But the Personal Care Products Council, which represents companies that sell cosmetics, says the levels of the chemicals are not harmful.

It says: "our industry has consistently provided scientific information to assure consumers about the safety of our products..."

It's up to the companies to make sure their products and ingredients are safe, although the FDA has the ability to take action if a product is thought to be harmful.

Some cosmetic companies are phasing out certain chemicals, they say, not because they're unsafe, but due to consumer demand.

Currently a bill called the Safe Cosmetics Act is before Congress.

If you have questions about your cosmetics, check with your dermatologist and go to the FDA website, which can be found at

(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
Harmful Chemicals Found In Beauty Products

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