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Beauty Byte: Minnesota Bans Mercury in Makeup


On January 1, Minnesota becomes the first state to ban mercury in mascara and other cosmetic products. But according to some experts detecting the toxin could be more difficult than it looks:

Most makeup manufacturers have phased out the use of mercury, but it's still added legally to some eye products as a preservative and germ-killer, said John Bailey, chief scientist with the Personal Care Products Council in Washington.

Since mercury isn't listed as an ingredient on labels, enforcing this law won't be easy; officials are relying on consumer complaints. Even though this law is largely a symbolic gesture, it at least raises awareness of the issue. But is it enough? What do you think of this law?

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