Take care when purchasing cosmetics

More than 7,400 eyeliner products believed to contain lead have been seized by inspectors. Consumers are being warned to take care when purchasing cosmetics after testing by New South Wales Health of the eyeliners branded as ‘Hashmi Surma Special’ and ‘Hashmi Kohl Aswad’, revealed high levels of lead and other dangerous metals, including arsenic and mercury.

Under the Australian Consumer Law, a supplier who fails to comply with a mandatory safety standard can face fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for a body corporate. Read more here.

Consumers Federation of Australia plays an important role in ensuring consumer interests are represented in the development of Standards – Read more about the CFA Standards Project and how you can get involved here.