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Bacteria found in shared cosmetics.

Bacteria Found in Shared Cosmetics

About 5 percent of shared cosmetics samples on counters in U.S. retail stores contain bacteria that pose a public health threat, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In a report to Congress, the FDA said it tested 3,000 "shared-use" cosmetic samples from more than 150 stores and discovered inadequate preservatives and contaminants that may be dangerous. The FDA did not name the stores.

The FDA will explore whether the contamination is caused by inadequate preservatives. If unopened samples are found to contain bacteria, Congress may move to strengthen federal regulation of cosmetics and their production.

The FDA report said molds, fungi and other bacteria with the potential to cause blindness, among other maladies, wre discovered in opened samples of liquid mascaras, eye shadows, liquid eyeliners, lipsticks, rouges and foundations.

The report said most contaminants were discovered in products that are designed for application near the eyes.
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Mar 22, 1990
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