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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