U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer says Halloween makeup on store shelves could pose a serious danger to children.

“Every Halloween we worry about the candy we’re putting in our kids’ mouths but nowadays, we need to worry about the face paint we’re putting on our kids’ faces,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not conduct routine testing of novelty cosmetic products or face paints. The agency needs to require companies to include the full list of ingredients. While lead is banned from makeup in Canada and Europe, it is not currently banned from makeup sold in the United States. Many parents are exposing their young children, and even themselves, to products that contain harmful metals, like lead.

According to Senator Schumer's press release In 2009, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found that ten out of ten face paints tested for heavy metals contained lead and six out of ten contained either nickel, cobalt, or chromium or a combination of the three. The products containing the highest amount of lead content were made in other countries, such as China.

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