Binabargain: Eco group says Divisoria stalls sell fake lipsticks

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Does Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada know this?

An ecological group found fake lipsticks being sold in the city’s Divisoria area for as low as P25 each, despite an advisory by the Food and Drug Administration.

Worse, EcoWaste Coalition said the fake “MAC” lipsticks may be tainted with lead and mercury, potentially deadly chemicals.

It said its tests found lead up to 22,700 parts per million (ppm) in 11 samples of MAC lipsticks (

The group noted the Food and Drug Administration issued last March 5 a public health advisory against the use of counterfeit MAC lipsticks.

Yet, it said it found such lipsticks being sold in 168 Shopping Mall, 999 Shopping Mall and Divisoria Shopping Mall.

EcoWaste said lead exposure in women may result in hormonal changes, menstrual irregularities, infertility, miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, pregnancy hypertension, and premature birth.