• A brand of eyeliners from Pakistan found to have dangerous levels of lead, cadmium, and arsenic
  • The Ecowaste Coalition warned the public against the use of Hashmi eyeliners
  • The group urged the government to ban the products

A public health warning was issued by an environmentalist group against the use of a brand of eyeliners from Pakistan that is being sold in the country.

The Ecowaste Coalition, a national network of public interest groups, warned that the Pakistan-made Hashmi Surmi Special and Hashmi Kohl Aswad eyeliners contain dangerous levels of lead, cadmium, and arsenic.

The group’s health alert came following the warning raised by the state government of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia against the products.

The NSW state government issued the health warning after doctors found that three children from the same family who got sick have elevated blood lead levels.

According to Matt Kean, the NSW state minister overseeing regulation, an investigation indicated that the eyeliners caused the children’s sickness.

As per the Manila Bulletin, the Ecowaste Coalition was able to buy the imported eyeliners for P180 each at a retail store in Quiapo, Manila, confirming that they are being sold in the country.

Hashmi eyeliners (Image from Ecowaste Coalition)

Using an X-Ray fluorescence device  to identify the elements from the eyeliners, the environmentalist group found that the products contain “100,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead, which is above the 20 ppm trace amount limit under the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive.”

Excessive amounts of arsenic and cadmium were also detected.

The group urged the government to ban the products and to withdraw them from the market immediately.