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May 12th, 2009
03:57 PM ET

FDA issues face paint warning

By Jen Pifer-Bixler
CNN Medical Senior Producer

Where I live, festival season is in full swing. You know how I know? The little people are painted. Just the other day, I ran into a group of children with ladybugs, flowers and spiders drawn on their faces. This childhood tradition is usually harmless, but today a certain brand of face paint is causing concern.

The Food and Drug Administration is telling consumers to stop using "Face Paint" distributed by Fun Express, Inc., a subsidiary of Oriental Trading Company of Omaha, Nebraska.

So what's going on? Apparently a group of children developed skin problems after using the paints at an organized event. The FDA says the skin problems included rashes, itchiness, burning and swelling in places where the face paints were applied. Subsequent tests found “significant microbial contamination” in most of the products. As a result, the company issued a recall. The FDA says if you have any of these face paints, you should throw them away or return them to the company.

We contacted the company for a comment, but so far, they haven't returned any of our calls. If your child has suffered a rash after using face paint, the FDA wants to hear from you. You can contact the agency online at MedWatch or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

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  1. Michelle Heffner

    Thank goodness that Professional Face Painters know the difference between cheap paints and safe, water activated makeup. When looking to hire a Face Painter for a private event, it is always best to inquire about the brands of product that they use. You will get what you pay for!

    February 11, 2010 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Lexa Michaels

    This is very alarming. I am a face painting enthusiast myself and I would certainly not want to cause harm to the kids that I paint. However I know of a site that recommends a good face painting brand. Aside from this, they also have Face Paint Design For Kids as well. Maybe you would like to take a look at it.

    August 18, 2010 at 18:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Lexa Michaels

    This is very alarming. I am a face painting enthusiast myself and I would certainly not want to cause harm to the kids that I paint. However I know of a site that recommends a good face painting brand. Aside from this, they also have Face Paint Designs For Kids as well. Maybe you would like to take a look at it.

    August 19, 2010 at 06:23 | Report abuse | Reply
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  5. Adrienne Daniels

    I know what you mean, Lexa. I myself am a mom with two kids and we enjoy face painting together. I have also tried the site you suggested, Face Paint Designs For Kids. It’s a great site. Nice post by the way.

    August 19, 2010 at 09:03 | Report abuse | Reply
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