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For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2009


Media Inquiries: Susan Cruzan, 301-796-4675
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA


FDA Alerts Consumers to Recall of Water-Based Face Paints
Fun Express, Inc. recalls children’s face paint associated with adverse events 

The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to stop using certain cosmetic "Face Paint" items labeled as distributed by Oriental Trading Co., Omaha, Neb., due to adverse event reports of skin reactions in children. These items were distributed nationwide.

The FDA has learned of a cluster of adverse events in children exposed to various colors of 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 following 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.:


Item NumberProduct DescriptionUniversal Product Code (UPC)
85/2077Blue Face Paint8 8760048110 7
85/2078Purple Face Paint8 8760048112 1
85/2079Red Face Paint8 8760048114 5
85/2080Orange Face Paint8 8760048116 9
85/2081Black Face Paint8 8760048118 3
85/2082Green Face Paint8 8760048120 6


Fun Express Inc. is recalling the face paints from the market and FDA advises consumers to stop use of these products and discard them or return them to the retailer.

The FDA encourages 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.

Adverse events and product quality problems can be reported to FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:

  • online
  • by calling 1-800-FDA-1088
  • by returning the postage-paid FDA form 3500
  • by mail to MedWatch, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
  • by fax 1-800-FDA-0178

Photo: Product Label: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cosadv.html


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