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Warning aired on eyeliner brand with heavy metal content


By Analou De Vera

An environmental watch group has warned the public against the use of an eyeliner brand that contains high-levels of lead, cadmium, and arsenic, which are hazardous to human health.

(Photo via EcoWaste Coalition blogspot / MANILA BULLETIN)

(Photo via EcoWaste Coalition blogspot / MANILA BULLETIN)

The EcoWaste Coalition issued its latest toxic alert due to the “public health warning issued this week by the government of New South Wales in Australia after three children fell ill due to lead poisoning from using Hashmi Kohl Aswad and Hashmi Surma Special eyeliners.”

The group said that Hashmi eyeliners from Pakistan are being sold in the country as confirmed through test buys conducted recently.

The group managed to buy Hashmi eyeliners for P180 each from retail outlets near the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila.

The group said that based on the chemical screening using an X-Ray Fluorescence device, the variants of
Hashmi eyeliners had over 100,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead, which is above the 20 ppm trace amount limit under the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD).

The group “also detected 20,300 ppm of arsenic and 6,218 ppm of cadmium in Hashmi Kohl, and 21,200 ppm of arsenic and 6,915 ppm of cadmium in Hashmi Surma, exceeding the ACD’s 5 ppm limit for arsenic and cadmium.”

“These toxic eyeliners pose clear and present danger to consumers, especially to children and pregnant women, due to their heavy metal content and should be immediately withdrawn from the market and safely disposed of as hazardous waste,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

The group said that exposure to these elements may cause anemia, kidney problems, and neurological damage.

“We urge the government to ban these poison cosmetics at once,” said Dizon.

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