Warning Over Kiddies' World Cup Face Paint


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World Cup fans are being warned not to use a brand of England face paints after children suffered breathing difficulties and skin problems.


Face paints are popular with young and old fans alike

Four boys aged between five and 11 needed medical treatment after using the paints bought from a BP shop in Lightwater, Surrey.

They suffered skin irritation, swollen eyes and breathing problems about an hour after applying the red and white paints.

Trading Standards officers found the packaging did not meet toy safety regulations or cosmetic product regulations and have launched an investigation.


The offending face paints have been withdrawn from sale

Steve Ruddy, from Surrey County Council Trading Standards said parents must be cautious.

"There will be a lot of people who bought the face paints but haven't used them yet, probably saving them for the tomorrow's England game against Slovenia or a World Cup party," he said.

"The children's bad reactions in Surrey could be an isolated incident but parents should be aware of the possible implications of using the paint."

A spokesman for BP said it withdrew the product immediately when it became aware of the problem.

"BP would never knowingly sell any product that was unsafe or not fully compliant with relevant legislation," he said.

"It has had no other complaints from any area of the country about this product."