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Chinese-Made Face Paints Recalled

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Concerns over microbial contamination have prompted a recall of Children’s Face Paints.  The face paints,  manufactured by Shanghai Color Art Stationery Company Limited, Shanghai, China, are being voluntarily recalled by Fun Express Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oriental Trading Co.

Chinese imports have been the subject of safety concerns over the past several years.  Since 2007, scores of Chinese products, including  toys, tires, toothpaste, pet foods and even the drug heparin ,  have been recalled by various US government agencies for dangerous defects.

According to the  Food & Drug Administration (FDA),  the has been a cluster of adverse events in children exposed the face paint. All exposures occurred on the same day at an organized event and included rashes, itchiness, burning sensation, and swelling where the face paints were applied. Significant microbial contamination was indicated in most of the products in testing by an FDA laboratory.

The face paints involved in this recall include the following:

  • Blue Face Paint, Item Number: 85/2077;  UPC 8 8760048110 7
  • Purple Face Paint, Item Number: 85/2078; UPC 8 8760048112 1
  • Red Face Paint, Item Number: 85/2079; UPC 8 8760048114 5
  • Orange Face Paint, Item Number: 85/2080; UPC 8 8760048116 9
  • Black Face Paint, Item Number: 85/2081; UPC 8 8760048118 3
  • Green Face Paint, Item Number: 85/2082; UPC 8 8760048120 6

The FDA is advising consumers to stop use of these products and discard them or return them to the retailer.  The agency is also encouraging consumers and health care providers to report any adverse events from face paints to the FDA as well as to state and local health authorities.

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