Fun Express Face Paint Recall Expanded

The water-based <"">face paint recall issued earlier this month by Fun Express, Inc. has been expanded to include two additional face paint colors. The face paints may cause skin irritation, rashes, and itchiness, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The additional two face paint items are being removed from the marketplace as a precautionary measure.

The face paints were manufactured by Shanghai Color Art Stationery Company Limited, of Shanghai, China. Unopened packages of the face paint can be identified as a tube printed with the words Water-Based Face Paint Net Weight 1 oz. (28.3gm) Non-Toxic Made in China. The tube is on a cardboard backing with the words “Face Paint” on the front of the package and an item number in the upper right-hand corner of the backing. Directions for use, ingredients, and “Distributed by Oriental Trading Co., Omaha, NE 68127” are also printed on the backing. The item number can be found on the back of the packaging. The two additional face paint item recalls are:

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White Face Paint: Item number 85/2338
Yellow Face Paint: Item number 85/2339

The recently recalled face paints were distributed primarily to retail stores nationwide between April 2008 and April 2009.
The FDA is advising consumers in possession of any of the recalled products to immediately discard them. Fun Express, Inc. can be reached toll-free at 1-888-999-0442 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm CST, Monday through Friday.

The earlier recall was implemented because certain cosmetic “Face Paint” items labeled as distributed by Oriental Trading Co., Omaha, Nebraska, which were disturbed nationwide, were associated with adverse event reports of skin reactions in children. The FDA learned of a cluster of adverse events in children exposed to various colors of the face paint. All exposures occurred on the same day at an organized event and included rashes, itchiness, burning sensation, and swelling where the face paints were applied. Significant microbial contamination was indicated in most of the products in testing by an FDA laboratory.

The original recall included the following Face Paints manufactured by Shanghai Color Art Stationery Company Limited, Shanghai, China, and were voluntarily recalled by Fun Express Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oriental Trading Company:

Blue Face Paint: Item number 85/2077; UPC 8 8760048110 7
Purple Face Paint: Item number 85/2078; UPC 8 8760048112 1
Red Face Paint: Item number 85/2079; UPC 8 8760048114 5
Orange Face Paint: Item number 85/2080; UPC 8 8760048116 9

Black Face Paint: Item number 85/2081; UPC 8 8760048118 3
Green Face Paint: Item number 85/2082; UPC 8 8760048120 6

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