Health warning for eyeliners used on babies, children

A health warning has been issued after three children became ill from eyeliner sold in stores in the Indian and Pakistani communities in Australia.

Three Sydney children have become ill after using an imported eyeliner from Pakistan almost entirely made of lead.

The Hashmi Kohl branded product was 84 per cent lead and also contained high levels of dangerous metals including arsenic, cadmium, chromium and mercury.

File image of MP Matt Kean.
Source: by Matt Kean MP's office

NSW Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean said the toxic ingredients were revealed after lab testing by authorities. 

"Some of the product packaging even specifically states that no lead is present, which is a total disgrace," Mr Kean said in a statement.

The children, from the same family, fell ill after using the Pakistan-made products.

Doctors found elevated lead levels in their blood, prompting NSW Fair Trading investigation and referral to Border Force for investigation.

Businesses supplying products that disobey the mandatory standard can be punished with fines of up to $1.1 million.

The products, mostly sold in shops selling Indian and Pakistani goods, are banned for sale in the United States.

US regulators also have an import alert for all kohl eye cosmetics because they commonly have elevated lead levels and carry false labels.

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Published 24 July 2018 at 10:18am, updated 24 July 2018 at 5:21pm
Source: SBS News