Tucson CitizenTucson Citizen

Product recall: mold-tainted face paint

WASHINGTON – The FDA on Tuesday warned consumers to stop using face paints commonly dabbed on children’s cheeks at parties, sporting events and other festivities and sold in retail stores.

The six face-paint products are being recalled after reports of rashes and skin irritation, 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.

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.

A sales manager for the company, Jiang Chao, said he was unaware of the recall but would look into the situation.

“We’ve been exporting our face paint to America for over three years and never had a recall,” Jiang said.

Chinese regulators have repeatedly pledged to tighten enforcement of safety and quality standards following a slew of complaints about shoddy or dangerous products. Shanghai’s own food and drug administration had no immediate comment about the recall.

Any reactions should be reported to the Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch adverse event reporting program at 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.



Food and Drug Administration: www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2009/NEW02015.html

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

Search site | Terms of service