While it may just be fake blood the danger could be very real.
Consumer Affairs inspectors seized the goods in a blitz across Melbourne’s southeast, for failure to list their ingredients as required under the Australian cosmetics labelling standard.
Fake blood was the most common item seized, with 1487 bottles confiscated, followed by 1155 fake moustaches and 443 make-up kits.
Consumer Affairs Victoria director Simon Cohen said ingredient labelling helps parents spot any ingredients their children may be allergic to, or to identify the cause if any reaction occurs.
“Many of us enjoy a good scare on Halloween – but it should be for the right reasons,” he said.
The items, seized during six visits to wholesale and retail premises, will now be destroyed.
The items include:
‘Bottle of Blood’ and ‘Blood vampire’ fake blood
‘Fright Fangs’ tooth caps
‘War game’ face paint
‘Carnival Colours’ make-up kit
‘Party Mustache’ fake moustaches.
Two of the businesses inspected have agreed to no longer sell the items while investigations are continuing into the other four.
Under consumer law, a supplier who fails to comply with a mandatory safety standard can face fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for a business.
Consumers who have bought any of the items should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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