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Lead Acetate is a white crystalline substance. In cosmetics and personal care products, Lead Acetate is used in the formulation of hair coloring products.
Lead Acetate imparts color to hair. The exact color obtained will depend on the other ingredients that are used in the preparation and the starting color of the hair.
Lead Acetate is an inorganic salt of lead. Lead is a naturally occurring bluish-gray metal found in small amounts in the earth's crust.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists Lead Acetate as a color additive exempt from certification and it may be safely used in cosmetics intended for coloring hair on the scalp when it conforms to FDA specifications.
More information about Lead Acetate.
Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) has deferred evaluation of this ingredient because the safety has been assessed by FDA. This deferral of review is according to the provisions of the CIR Procedures.
All color additives used in foods, drugs and cosmetics in the United States must be approved by FDA and listed in the Code of Federal Regulations. In some cases, FDA requires that each batch of color produced for use in regulated products can be used only if it is certified by the agency to meet strict specifications. FDA maintains a laboratory especially for this purpose and color manufacturers must pay a fee to support this activity. FDA only approves colors after extensive review of all safety data and publication of the basis for its approval in the Federal Register.
You can find out more about FDA regulation of colors at: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-col.html
Link to FDA Code of Federal Regulations for Lead Acetatehttp://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr...
The FDA's fact sheet on Lead Acetate in Hair Dye Products http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-lead.html
Lead and its compounds, including Lead Acetate, must not form part of the composition of cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe (see Annex II).
Link to the EU Cosmetic Regulation: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/consumers/product_labelling_and_p...
Health Canada prohibits the use of Lead Acetate in cosmetics and personal care products.http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/person/cosmet/info-ind-prof/_hot-list-cri...
Lead Acetate is the trihydrate of lead (+2) salt of acetic acid. In cosmetics and personal care products, Lead Acetate functions as a hair colorant.
Search the Code of Federal Regulations http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm
The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products Intended for Consumers (SCCNFP) opinion concerning Lead Acetate http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/sccp/documents/out286_en.pdf
EU Cosmetics Inventory http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/
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