Local TD Denis Naughten has urged parents to check for toxic ingredients in face paints before using them on children this Halloween.
“While we will all be warned of the risks of allowing children to go near fireworks, many parents are unaware that they may be painting toxic chemicals such as lead on to their children’s faces before they go trick or treating,” highlighted Denis Naughten.
The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has issued a warning about the dangers associated with face painting, pointing out that high levels of lead have been found in some brands of cosmetics aimed at children in recent years.
“It is important that parents check the ingredients in the face paints they purchase and only buy such products from reputable retailers and shops.
“Parents should not purchase a product if they have any concerns, including, for example, poor product information, no ingredients listed or no EU manufacturing or distribution address on the label.
“The IMB has pointed out that if the product does not include an EU address, this may indicate that it comes from outside the EU and therefore does not meet European safety requirements. It has also highlighted that in the past, children’s cosmetics made in China tended to have the highest lead contamination risk.
“Halloween should be a fun time for children and by checking the ingredients on face paints parents can ensure that children are not exposed to unnecessary risks,” concluded Denis Naughten.