New South Wales Ministry of Health (NSW Health) in Australia has warned people about a Pakistani brand eyeliner which is causing health issues amongst children.
Three children from the same family became sick leading NSW Health to investigate and find the cause of the problem. NSW Health has issued a warning to the people to stop using the Hashmi Surmi Special and Hashmi Kohl Aswad eyeliners immediately.
NSW Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said that the doctors found a high level of lead in the blood of the children. The issue was reported to the public health unit.
Matt Kean said, “An investigation indicated the health concerns were likely to have been caused by one of the Hashmi brand eyeliners.”
When Hashmi Surmi Special and Hashmi Kohl Aswad eyeliners were tested it was found out that they contain 84% lead and high level of dangerous metals including arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and mercury. The Hashmi eyeliner was manufactured in Pakistan and NSW Fair Trading referred the eyeliner for an investigation to the Australian Border Force.
Kean said, “Inspections have so far shown that the Hashmi brand eyeliner products are sold predominantly in stores stocking Indian and Pakistani goods. Some of the product packagings even specifically state that no lead is present, which is a total disgrace.
Adding, “I’m absolutely appalled by this as we know that use of cosmetics containing lead can have long-term health effects, including brain and kidney damage, in both adults and children.”
NSW Health has asked the people to stop using Hashmi products and go for a medical check-up in case.