Three young children become ill after using an imported eyeliner.

The NSW children, from the same family, fell ill after using the eyeline product.

The Hashmi Kohl branded product imported from Pakistan was 84 per cent lead and also contained high levels of dangerous metals including arsenic, cadmium, chromium and mercury, NSW Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean said on Tuesday, 9 news reported.

“Some of the product packaging even specifically states that no lead is present, which is a total disgrace,” Mr Kean said in a statement.

Doctors found elevated lead levels in the children’s blood, prompting NSW Fair Trading investigation and referral to Border Force for investigation.

Businesses supplying products that disobey the mandatory standard can be punished with fines of up to $1.1 million.

The products, mostly sold in shops selling Indian and Pakistani goods, are banned for sale in the United States.

The ACCC previously issued a warning over cheap face paints which may contain lead.

“If children are using products that are applied to their skin such as make-up, face and body paints, or toys that are handled a lot and may leave residues (such as play dough and ‘goo’), ensure you wash them thoroughly from their skin immediately after use.

Get immediate medical attention if children become sick after playing with finger paints, as they may have ingested lead from the paint.

Call an ambulance if children become sick after placing objects in their mouths as they may have ingested lead.”

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  • I have never thought about the possibility playdoh having such toxins in it.
    I’m glad it’s easy to make your own


  • Another reason I won’t use anything from overseas if I am aware it comes from there.


  • I can’t believe that some company would deliberately use those ingredients and to state on their product that they don’t contain them is disgusting. I hope the 3 children make a full recovery


  • Ooh, there is so much wrong with this. Be diligent in your research and purchasing, and vigilant.


  • Research your products more, so much make up is so toxic, buy organic and natural brands.


  • Never trust labels, will always be cautious


  • We put our trust in the labels but you really never know, do you, what’s in anything?


  • how scary especially as it said it did not contain it.


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