Health Canada, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Sargent Art are recalling 13 types of Sargent Art tempera paints and finger paints.
More than 20,000 units of the affected products were sold in Canada through a variety of retailers and daycare supply stores between May 2015 and June 10, 2016. (Approximately 2.8 million units were sold in the U.S. during the same period.)
According to the jointly issued notice, the paints may contain harmful bacteria that could cause adverse health effects to individuals with already-impaired immune systems. Exposure to certain bacteria could result in serious illness including a bacterial infection. (Most consumers with healthy immune systems will not be affected by the bacteria.)
All affected products, which come in a variety of colours and sizes, were manufactured in Sargent Art’s Pennsylvania plant. The list includes: Art-Time Washable Finger Paint; Washable Finger Paint; Art-Time Washable Flourescent Finger Paint; Art-Time Washable Glitter Finger Paint; Flourescent Tempera Paint; Art-Time Washable Flourescent Tempera Paint; Washable Tempera Paint; Washable Glitter Paint; Art-Time Washable Paint; Supreme Tempera Paint; Liquid Tempera Paint; Art-Time Tempera Paint; and Value Tempera Paint.
While neither Health Canada nor Sargent Art has received any reports of consumer incidents or illnesses in Canada related to the use of these products, HC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled paint and contact Sargent Art for a refund.