Children's Face Paint Recalled Due to Contamination

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Contaminated face paints are recalled by FDA. Image: sxc.hu

Memorial Day is a solemn holiday to be sure. The last Monday in May is a time to remember the men and women who have died while in military service. But in true American style, we will commemorate our fallen soldiers with parties, picnics and parades. It's the first warm holiday weekend of the year and offers the opportunity for the kind of family fun many of us dream about during the long winter months.

But if your family fun involves special activities for the kids, you may want to steer clear of the face-painting table. That little American flag painted on your child's cheek might look cute, but depending upon the paint used, it may not feel so cute. A brand of cosmetic paints by Fun Express, a subsidiary of Oriental Trading Company, has been found by the FDA to contain "significant microbial contamination" and has been recalled.

The contamination came to light after children whose faces had been painted began to suffer from rashes, itchiness, burning sensations and swelling where the paint had been applied. All the adverse reactions occurred on the same day at the same event and involved multiple colors of paint.

If your child has had a similar experience with face paints, the FDA asks that you report it to your state and local health officials or contact them at 1-800-FDA-1088.

But hey, just because the face paint might be iffy doesn't mean you can't still decorate your little one's skin. It's easy to make your own -- all you need is corn starch, cold cream and food coloring. Find the full --and simple -- face paint recipe here.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.