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From: TSS (216-119-144-41.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: Beware: Your lipstick could drive you MAD
Date: August 27, 2004 at 8:17 am PST

Beware: Your lipstick could drive you MAD
NIDHI NATH SRINIVAS

TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2004 03:20:22 AM ]
NEW DELHI: Did you know your favourite made-in-USA brand of lipstick, eyeliner, shaving cream and shampoo has plenty of stuff derived from the insides of dead cows?

Actually everything from a cow’s brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column, tonsils and the small intestine is being used to manufacture cosmetic inputs which add just that lustre, velvety texture and smoothness you were looking for. But that’s not the news.

The big worry now is that these cattle-derived cosmetics put consumers at risk of getting infected by the dreaded mad cow disease.

What’s worse, the threat is far from notional. A nervous US government has just forbidden all cosmetic companies from using these “specified risk materials” and certain kinds of tallow in all their products, including shampoos, creams, sprays, lipsticks, eye liners, shaving creams, except soap, as they are now being defined as “inedible” to prevent an outbreak of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) among consumers.

Cosmetic companies will, therefore, have to switch to “edible” forms of tallow and bovine derivatives to remain FDA-compliant. For the US cosmetics industry, that means an extra spend of $18 million in costs. And that is certain to be passed on to consumers.

The US has a more than 10% share in India’s annual import of cosmetics, toiletries and intermediate raw materials worth $150 mn.

Meanwhile, if you are wondering how your shaving cream or lipstick poses a threat, here’s how. The food and drug administration says there are several routes through which cosmetics contaminated with the agent that causes BSE could transmit disease to humans.

“Cosmetics may be ingested or applied to cut or abraded skin or to mucosal tissues, particularly in the eye, which could provide direct routes for infection,’’ it points out. Many cosmetics are typically applied in the area of the eye (mascara, eye brow pencil, eyeliner, eye lotion, and eye makeup remover) and almost any cosmetic, including shampoo, can get into the eye via eye rubbing or incorrect application.

Any cosmetic product, but particularly shaving creams and gels and lotions, may be applied to cut or abraded skin. Many products may come in contact with mucosal tissue via rubbing. Cosmetics that are ingested, such as lipstick, dentifrices, mouthwash, and breath fresheners, would have the same route of infection.

According to the FDA, tallow derivatives, particularly fatty acids and glycerin, are the predominant bovine ingredient used by the cosmetic industry.

Additionally, ingredients sometimes include albumin, brain extract, brain lipid, cholesterol, fibronectin, sphingolipids, collagen, keratin, and tallow. Cattle-derived ingredients are be used as skin conditioning agents, emollients, binders, and hair and nail conditioning agents.

Cosmetic companies that currently use these risk materials, including tallow containing more than 0.15% hexane- insoluble impurities, would have to find alternative ingredients to continue production.

Because edible cattle material is more expensive than inedible material, input costs for cosmetic production would increase.

But the US government believes that is a small price to pay to protect public health. “We assume that the increased costs of edible cattle material as an ingredient in cosmetic production would, at least in part, be passed along to cosmetics’ consumers in the form of higher prices for finished products.

It is unlikely that the price increases for the cosmetic inputs or for the finished products would be large enough to substantially decrease the amounts of the affected products sold,’’ the ood and drug administration has pointed out.

FDA is also asking manufacturers and processors of human food and cosmetics that are manufactured from, processed with, or otherwise contain material from cattle to establish and maintain records sufficient to demonstrate that the food and cosmetics are in compliance with this new rule.

Cosmetic is defined as articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, and articles intended for use as a component of any such articles; except that such term shall not include soap.


http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/829126.cms

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-829126,curpg-2.cms

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-829126,curpg-3.cms

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-829126,curpg-4.cms

“Cosmetics may be ingested or applied to cut or abraded skin or to mucosal tissues, particularly in the eye, which could provide direct routes for infection,’’ it points out. Many cosmetics are typically applied in the area of the eye (mascara, eye brow pencil, eyeliner, eye lotion, and eye makeup remover) and almost any cosmetic, including shampoo, can get into the eye via eye rubbing or incorrect application.
AS i have pondered before, the hvCJD manifests itself directly
behind the eyes in the front part of the brain and the victim
goes blind at onset of symptoms usually. my mother drowned
herself with these type materials from massive exposure to the
sun from years and years of fishing. just thinking out loud here?


TSS




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