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Fun Express Water-based Face Paints for Children

Audience: Consumers, Pediatricians, Dermatologists

[UPDATED 05/26/2009] Fun Express expanded its recall of face paint items to include two additional face paint colors, 85/2338 (White face paint) and 85/2339 (Yellow face paint) The products were distributed primarily to retail stores nationwide between April 2008 and April 2009. If consumers have any of the recalled products remaining in their possession, they should immediately discard them.

[Posted 05/12/2009] FDA is notifying consumers and healthcare professionals of the recall of cosmetic “Face Paint” items labeled as distributed by Oriental Trading Co., Omaha, Neb., due to adverse event reports of skin reactions in children, including rashes, itchiness, burning sensation, and swelling where the face paints were applied. All exposures occurred on the same day at an organized event in children exposed to various colors of the face paint. Significant microbial contamination was indicated in most of the products in testing by an FDA laboratory. These items were distributed nationwide. See the News Release for a listing of affected products.

[May 12, 2009 - News Release - FDA]