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Minnesota Bans Mercury in Mascara
Posted: December 18, 2007
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Very few products actually contain mercury; however, it is believed that some contain mercury as a preservative or anti-bacterial agent. Although small amounts of mercury do not show immediate health effects, some fear long-term effects from its build-up.
Proponents of the law maintain this move is intended as a warning to cosmetic manufacturers to not use mercury, noting that enforcement will probably only happen when consumers complain.