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Government Report Finds Amazon and Walmart Are Selling Counterfeit Products—Including Cosmetics Containing Toxins

The internet can be a bit of a Wild West situation when it comes to purchasing beauty products. Not getting what you paid for is never a plus but, as a new report released by the U.S. Government Accountability Office this week suggests, there may be some much bigger risks involved in the road to the ripoff. 

Out of 47 items puchased in the report, 20 proved to be counterfeit, “according to testing by the products’ rights holders”—including Urban Decay cosmetics purchases (the agency bought 13 UD items in total and ALL were uncovered as counterfeit). Even more extreme, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says that seized counterfeit cosmetics have been found to “contain hazardous substances, including cyanide, arsenic, mercury, lead, urine, and rat droppings.”