Ohio Departments of Health, Agriculture Issue Consumer Warning About Makeup Product


The Ohio Departments of Health and Agriculture issued a consumer alert on Thursday about a kind of makeup that could contain high levels of lead.

According to a joint release from the departments, officials warned consumers to stay away from products containing Surma, Kohl or Kajal.

Officials said the products, which are produced outside of the country, bring a risk of lead poisoning.

According to the Columbus Public Health Department, a 1-year-old boy suffered lead poisoning after being exposed to Hashmi Surma Kohl Eyeliner.

The products of concern are ones used around the eye area, such as pencils and eyeliners, called Surma.  Officials said that Surma is manufactured in the Middle East, India, Pakistan and some parts of Africa.

Surma is also known as Kohl or Kajal.

Consumers who have the products are asked to stop using them, put the remaining products in a sealed plastic bag, wash hands and keep the products away from children.

Contact a healthcare provider if you feel you have suffered from lead poisoning.  

For more information, visit the Ohio Department of Health here and the Food and Drug Administration here.

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