Sindoor, a powder widely used in Hindu religious ceremonies, may contain unsafe levels of lead which is associated with lower IQ and growth delays in children, a study of samples from India and the US has found
Researchers from Rutgers University in the US reported that 83 per cent of the samples collected from the US and 78 per cent collected from India had at least 1.0 micrograms of lead per gram of the cosmetic powder
Meanwhile, 19 per cent of the samples collected in New Jersey and 43 per cent of the samples collected from India exceeded the 20-microgramme of lead per gram of cosmetic powder limit imposed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
“There is no safe level of lead. That’s why we believe sindoor powder shouldn’t be sold or brought into the US unless it is lead free,” said Derek Shendell, associate professor at Rudgers
Researchers tested 118 samples of sindoor, a scarlet- coloured powder that is used by women to place a bindi, or red dot, cosmetically on their foreheads
Married women also put it in their hair parting and it is used by men and children for religious purposes
The results indicated about one-third of the samples, which include 95 from South Asian stores in New Jersey and 23 from stores in Mumbai and New Delhi in India, contained lead levels above the limit set by the US FDA
“Sindoor and Kajal are well known to contain lead and other heavy metals with risk of kidney, hepatic, skin disorders. Risk of heavy metals on skin leads to DNA damage, Kertaodermas and skin ulceration, nail and teeth changes,” said Dr Nitin S Walia, Senior Consultant, Dermatology, BLK Super Speciality Hospital
Problem is throughout Asia especially India, Pakistan, Middle East, SE Asia.
Sindoor is originally made from Turmeric but synthetic Sindoor is made from highly toxic chemicals such as Mercury Sulfide known as Vermilion and Lead Tetroxide known as Red Lead.
Neelikon has high quality low impurity cosmetic colours under brand name “Lavanya” which are increasingly preferred by cosmetic producers in India to use in traditional Indian products like Sindoor, Kumkum, Kajal etc.
Neelikon take care of adulteration of these toxic heavy metals such as Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, Cadmium etc. by adopting GMP and stringent Quality Control throughout the manufacturing process.
Neelikon’s state of the art Laboratory is capable for detection of such heavy metals at PPB level by using highly sophisticated instrument called as Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES).
Neelikon is offering following colours for Sindoor and Kumkum
Colours for Sindoor/ Liquid Kumkum Application
|111 P 02 00
|031 P 02 00
|032 P 02 00
|036 P 02 00
|037 P 02 00
|107 P 02 00
|092 P 03 02
|Lavanya Belmont BG
|068 P 02 00
|Lavanya Evelyn Lake
|348 L 02 00
|118 P 02 00
|069 P 02 00
|Neelilake Sunset yellow lake
|302 L 02 02
|098 P 02 00
Products for powder Kumkum Application
|032 P 02 00
|Neelicol Scarlet PSY
|504 PB 04 02
|Neelicol Red 010
|010 P 02 00
|Neelicol Pinkish Red 011
|011 P 02 00
|037 P 02 00
|Lavanya Rose Pink
|138 P 02 00
Although based on our general experience, the information presented herein is believed to be reliable, Neelikon makes no representation or guarantee as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the information. Due to various factors that are outside our control, we cannot accept liability from reliance on this information for any circumstances.
Resource: PTI (Press Trust of India)