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THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT of HEALTH and MENTAL HYGIENE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNS NEW YORKERS NOT TO USE IMPORTED EYE MAKEUP THAT CONTAINS LEAD

Press Release # 027-07
Thursday, April 26, 2007
http://www.nyc. gov/html/ doh/html/ pr2007/pr027- 07.shtml

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Products called "Kohl," "Kajal," and "Surma" Can Damage the Brain and Nervous System

NEW YORK CITY – April 26, 2007 – The New York City Health Department today warned New Yorkers that certain imported eye cosmetics contain high levels of lead and should not be used. These cosmetics—called kohl, kajal, and surma—are imported from Asia, Africa and the Middle East and can be purchased at neighborhood stores throughout New York City .

In recent months, the Health Department has investigated five lead poisoning cases among children and pregnant women who used these products. They can cause lead poisoning when accidentally ingested. Children are at special risk because they may put hands in their mouths after touching these cosmetics on their faces. Lead is a toxic metal that damages the brain, nervous system, kidneys and reproductive system. Lead poisoning can also cause problems in pregnancy and can lead to learning and behavior problems in young children.

The Health Department recently tested different kohl, kajal, and surma products purchased from stores in New York City . Most of the sampled products had lead concentrations exceeding the federal recommended limit of 10 parts per million (ppm) for lead in certain cosmetic additives. The following products were found to contain excessive levels of lead:

Hashmi Surma Special
Made in Pakistan , 47% lead (468,708 ppm)
"Pure Kohl from the Waters of ZamZam"
Manufacturer information not listed, 36% lead (362,419 ppm)
Hashmi Kohl Aswad
Made in Pakistan , contains 27% lead (272,353 ppm)
Hashmi Kajal
Made in Pakistan , contains 4% lead (41,298 ppm)

These products come in many varieties, any of which may contain lead. It is not possible to tell the difference between safe and dangerous brands because lead is not listed as an ingredient on the label. These products are banned by the FDA and have been imported illegally. They should all be considered unsafe.
"We urge New Yorkers not to use any products that contain lead," said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. "Lead is poisonous and can cause serious health problems, especially for children and pregnant women. If you are using these products, stop using them immediately and call a doctor to request a blood lead test."

The sale of toxic personal products is prohibited under New York City Health Code. The Health Department is working with distributors and storeowners to remove these products from their shelves.
The Health Department has ordered distributors and storeowners selling kohl, kajal, or surma products to:
Immediately stop selling the products.
Remove them from shelves and inventory stockrooms.
Package and return the products to the distributors.
Dispose of products as required by law.
Post a warning sign advising customers to stop using these products.

The Health Department advises people who may have obtained and used these products to:
Immediately stop using these products.
Call a physician to request a blood-lead test.
Keep products away from children.

Call 212-POISONS (212-764-7667) for additional information on imported eye cosmetics that contain lead or to report locations where these products are sold. More information is also available at: http://www.nyc. gov/html/ doh/html/ lead/lead- import-eyecos. shtml.
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once i recieved a mail...in which there was provided a list of foreign cosmetic companies from US that use lead in their lipsticks and lip glosses.there is nothing different either one uses american product or pakistani...all contain lead.
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no dear u did it wrongly,problm isnt ths tht product is either pakistani or impotrd,i simply wanna share ths bcoz i wanna infom readers abt local market product which is used by majority.i myslf belongs to a science bckground so i myslf knw abt the aftr effects of lead n othr chemicals, the research is true n thts why i read it thn share it.
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thanks for sharing...but i wanted to say that if the local market products are having lead....the foriegn products can also have it
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