An eyeliner that contains high levels of lead is extracted from shelves throughout the country.
Australian consumers are urged to check their cabinets after the consumer control agency disconnected the products Hashmi Kajal, Hashmi Tube, Hashmi Surma and Hashmi Kohl Aswad eyeliner.
The eyeliner / kohl, made in India and distributed by Oasis Corporation, was withdrawn by the Australian Competition and Consumption Commission on Wednesday.
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The consumer control agency has suspended the use of Hashmi Kajal, Hashmi Tube, Hashmi Surma and Hashmi Kohl Aswad eyeliners produced in India and distributed by Oasis Corporation.
Arsenic and mercury are among the dangerous metals found in India's eyeliners, which contain 84 percent lead in their composition.
The makeup product was immediately removed from 12 stores in Western Sydney after three children in NSW experienced elevated blood lead levels in relation to the use of the products in July.
The tests were carried out and determined that the & # 39; Hashmi Surma Special & # 39; It contained 84 percent lead content, with 'Hashmi Kohl Aswad & # 39; which contained 29.5 percent lead content.
Consumer Affairs Victoria identified the product in Victoria and has since seized more than 7,400 eyeliner products.
The tests were carried out and determined that the & # 39; Hashmi Surma Special & # 39; It contained 84 percent lead content, with "Hashmi Kohl Aswad". which contains 29.5 percent lead content
From July 2017 to July 31, 2018, eyeliner products were sold in specialized stores in India and Pakistan in Victoria, NSW, ACT, SA and Queensland and are also available online.
WHAT CONSUMERS SHOULD DO NOW
1. Consumers should stop using these products immediately and seek medical advice, especially if they experience any of the above symptoms.
2. If you have used the products, wash any area of your body that has been exposed to the product with running water, eg. eyes, skin or hair
3. Return the product to the place of purchase to obtain a full refund.
The Director of Consumer Affairs, Victoria Simon Cohen, said it was important for consumers to know about these potentially dangerous products.
"Consumers should stop using these products immediately and we recommend anyone who comes across these items to contact Consumer Affairs Victoria."
The inspectors identified and confiscated the potentially dangerous items for not complying with the mandatory information standards, which require that all the ingredients are on the list.
The Minister of Better Regulation of NSW, Matt Kean, told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Inspections so far have shown that Hashmi eyeliner products are predominantly sold in stores that store Indian and Pakistani products," Kean said.
From July 2017 to July 31, 2018, eyeliner products were in specialist stores in India and Pakistan in Victoria, NSW, ACT, SA and Queensland, and are also available online.
& # 39; Some of the product packaging even specifically indicate that there is no lead present, which is a total disgrace & # 39;
"I am absolutely dismayed by this, since we know that the use of cosmetics containing lead can have long-term health effects, including brain and kidney damage, in both adults and children."
Consumer Affairs Victoria product safety experts conduct inspections of retailers and suppliers as part of the state compliance program.
Under the Australian Consumer Law, a provider who does not meet a mandatory safety standard can face fines of up to $ 220,000 for individuals and $ 1.1 million for a corporate corporation.