2.8M Bottles of Craft Paint Recalled for Possible Bacteria

Sargent Art warns people with weak immune systems could be at risk
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2016 6:58 AM CDT
2.8M Bottles of Craft Paint Recalled for Possible Bacteria
Apparently paint can harbor bacteria.   (Sargent Art)

No injuries or illnesses have yet been reported, but Sargent Art isn't taking any chances after finding that 13 different types of its craft paint may be contaminated with a harmful bacteria, Consumerist reports. Per a notice on the art supplier's site and one from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a recall has been announced for 2.8 million bottles of paint—including various washable, tempera, and finger paints—sold at retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, and Hobby Lobby from May 2015 through this past June.

Although most healthy people won't have an issue with the unspecified bacteria, which was found during regular testing, the recall notes that exposure to it "can have adverse health effects in immunocompromised individuals, posing a risk of serious illness including a bacterial infection." Sargent Art advises people who already have the paints to stop using them and request a full refund. (You might need to dump that cake mix in your pantry, too.)

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