Bacteria-tainted face paint recalled

May 12, 2009 3:57:44 PM PDT
Paints commonly used to decorate children's cheeks and faces at parties, sporting events or other festivities were recalled on Tuesday after reports of rashes and skin irritation. The six recalled face-paint products were contaminated with bacteria, according to the Food and Drug Administration. FDA spokeswoman Susan Cruzan said the products were found to have yeast and mold counts above industry guidelines.

The FDA said it learned of children suffering rashes, itchiness, burning sensations and swelling where the face paints were applied.

Fun Express Inc., which recalled the products, said in a statement that it sold the affected items to 130 customers and 95 percent of these sales were before January. "The recall action is being taken as a precautionary measure to ensure there are no other occurrences," the company said in a statement.

The FDA on Tuesday warned consumers to stop using the face paints, which were sold in retail stores. Fun Express is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oriental Trading Co., the distributor of the product.

The face paints were made in China by Shanghai Color Art Stationery Company Ltd.

Any reactions should be reported to the Food and Drug Administration's MedWatch adverse event reporting program at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

The recall includes face paint in these colors with the following codes:

-- Blue: item No. 85/2077; UPC 8 8760048110 7. -- Purple: item No. 85/2078; UPC 8 8760048112 1. -- Red: item No. 85/2079; UPC 8 8760048114 5. -- Orange: item No. 85/2080; UPC 8 8760048116 9. -- Black: item No. 85/2081; UPC 8 8760048118 3. -- Green: item No. 85/2082; UPC 8 8760048120 6.

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