Body glitter sold on eBay recalled as it contains dangerous chemical

Cheap body glitter sold on eBay is recalled as it contains FIFTY TIMES the safe amount of a dangerous chemical that inflames your lungs

  • Pallets of silver glitter sold under the brand name Saffron made with antimony
  • If inhaled, the chemical can prevent the lungs from functioning properly
  • Make-up found to have 24.7mg/kg of substance, despite 0.5mg/kg guideline

Cheap body glitter sold on eBay is being urgently recalled because it’s made with dangerously high levels of a chemical that can inflame yours lungs.

Pallets of silver glitter, sold under the brand name Saffron, were found to contain fifty times the legal amount of the substance antimony.  

If inhaled, even in tiny dust particles, the chemical can irritate the lungs and make it difficult to breathe. 

Pallets of silver glitter sold under the brand name Saffron have been recalled as they contain dangerously high levels of the chemical antimony

Antimony causes the tiny air sacs in the lungs, called alveoli, to become inflamed, preventing oxygen from passing through into the bloodstream. 

Long-term exposure to the chemical can even cause heart problems, in more serious cases, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR).

European guidelines state cosmetic products should not contain any more than 0.5mg/kg of antimony.

But the 4.5g pots were found to contain 24.7mg/kg. The recall was announced by the European Commission.

Despite being urgently recalled, MailOnline found they were still being sold for under £2 on eBay this afternoon.

Despite being urgently recalled, MailOnline found several listings on eBay this morning. This one was being sold for under £2 and advertised as safe to use on eyes, lips and cheeks

Another listing, which has since been removed, saw the product advertised for £2.95

A similar product in pink sold under the brand Beauty Woman (shown) is also being recalled because it contains 29.7mg/kg of antimony

The products have since been removed by the online retailer after being contacted by MailOnline. 

An eBay spokesperson said: ‘These listings have been removed and the sellers informed. 

‘The safety of customers is our number one priority and we work closely with bodies such as Trading Standards to ensure listings sold on our marketplace comply with the law.’

The Chinese-made product – popular with festival goers – is advertised as being safe to use all over the body, including on the eyes, lips and cheeks. 

The make-up is sold in various other colours, but it’s only the silver version which has been affected by the recall.  

A similar product in pink sold under the brand Beauty Woman is also being recalled because it contains 29.7mg/kg of antimony. 

Both products come in a black plastic container with a clear cap. 

WHAT IS ANTIMONY?

If inhaled, even in tiny dust particles, the toxic chemical antimony can irritate the lungs and make it difficult to breathe.

It causes the tiny air sacs in the lungs, called alveoli, to become inflamed, preventing oxygen from passing through into the bloodstream. 

Long-term exposure to the chemical can even cause heart problems, in more serious cases. 

European guidelines state cosmetic products should not contain any more than 0.5mg/kg of antimony.

But the 4.5g pots were found to contain 24.7mg/kg. The recall was announced by the European Commission.

 

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