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Warning Issued Over Eyeliner Found With High Levels Of Lead

A public warning has been issued after an imported eyeliner was found to be made almost entirely of lead and may have caused three children to become sick.

The Hashmi branded product was tested and found to contain 84 per cent lead as well as high levels of dangerous metals including arsenic, cadmium, chromium and mercury.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean has said that concern was raised after three children form the same family became sick after using the product.

“Doctor’s tested the children and found elevated blood lead levels and reported it to the local Public Health Unit in western Sydney,” said Mr Kean. “An investigation indicated the health concerns were likely to have been caused by one of the Hashmi brand eyeliners.”

Mr Kean also said that the affected products, including Hashmi Surmi Special and Hashmi Kohl Aswad eyeliners, were manufactured in Pakistan and the packaging clearly stated that there was no lead present.


“Inspections so far have shown that the Hashmi brand eyeliner products are sold predominantly in stores stocking Indian and Pakistani goods,” he continued. “Some of the product packaging even specifically states that no lead is present, which is a total disgrace.

“I’m absolutely appalled by this as we know that use of cosmetics containing lead can have long term health affects, including brain and kidney damage, in both adults and children.”

NSW Fair Trading will now be looking into whether additional cosmetic products may be failing to meet the Mandatory Standard, an offence which could be punishable by a fine of up to $1,100,000 for a body corporate or $220,000 for an individual.

NSW Health has advised that people who may have used these products should stop doing so immediately and seek medical advice as soon as possible.

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