Warning Issued For Eyeliner Containing ‘Dangerous’ Levels of Lead
The eyeliner is thought to have made three children sick.
A warning has been issued after imported cosmetic eyeliner was found to contain 84 percent lead.
Tests revealed the Hashmi Surmi Special and Hashmi Kohl Aswad eyeliners also contain high levels of other dangerous chemicals including arsenic, cadmium, chromium and mercury.
The Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said that concerns were raised when three children from the same family became sick.
“Doctor’s tested the children and found elevated blood lead levels and reported it to the local Public Health Unit in Western Sydney,” Kean said in a statement.
“An investigation indicated the health concerns were likely to have been caused by one of the Hashmi brand eyeliners.”
Kean said the eyeliners were made in Pakistan and that the products are usually sold in stores that stock other Pakistani and Indian goods.
“Some of the product packaging even specifically states that no lead is present, which is a total disgrace," Kean said.
“I’m absolutely appalled by this as we know that use of cosmetics containing lead can have long term health effects, including brain and kidney damage, in both adults and children.”
Selling a product that does not meet with the Mandatory Standard under Australian Consumer Law carries a $1,100,000 for a body corporate or $220,000 for an individual.
Fair Trading is now working to identify where the eyeliner is being sold so they can warn of the health risks.