As you all know, I did a post on how much I loved the Bentonite Me Baby mask from Alikay Naturals. Recently one of my followers alerted me to a statement the FDA released on the cosmetic mask. According to recent tests conducted by the FDA they found that the cosmetic mask has large levels of lead in it:
“FDA is warning consumers not to use “Bentonite Me Baby” by Alikay Naturals because of a potential lead poisoning risk. FDA laboratory analysis of the product found elevated lead levels. Exposure to lead can cause serious damage to the central nervous system, the kidneys, and the immune system. In children, chronic exposure to lead, even at low levels, is associated with impaired cognitive function, including reduced IQ, behavioral difficulties, and other problems. See the FDA Consumer Warning for a product photo.”
The full safety alert from FDA can be found here
On Friday, Alikay Naturals came back and stated:
“The initial consumer report that was filed with the FDA was subsequently closed due to the consumer alleged falsification of facts and statements. On January 25, 2016, we received information that the Florida District of the FDA wanted to conduct a separate investigation. The FDA conducted its investigation based on the presumption of categorizing the Bentonite Me Baby as a food or drug product for consumption. Although, Alikay Naturals advertises the product for topical use for hair and skin, the FDA test results that were provided to Alikay Naturals were compared to candy and food products. The FDA report released stated that “FDA has not confirmed any cases of lead poisoning associated with the product.” Alikay Naturals is an all-natural luxury hair, skin, bath and body product line specifically advertised for topical use.
The full response from Alikay Naturals can be found here.
As always, we should all be using caution with any products we choose to use on and in our bodies. As new details on this situation come forth, I will keep each of you posted.