Bratz child makeup toy bacteria danger

On June 15, 2011 the Bratz Makeup Design Sketch Book by MGA Entertainment has been recalled.

This recall involves Bratz Makeup Design Sketch Book by MGA Entertainment. The product is a pink, tri-fold book that contains information on how to apply makeup, a sketch pad, cosmetics, cosmetic applicators, colored pencils, a pencil sharpener and an eraser. The makeup in the Bratz Makeup Design Sketch Book is intended to be used on paper pictures of Bratz dolls, and may also be applied to children.

The product has item number 504788C and UPC 035051504788 on the back panel. The batch codes affected by the recall are BV6997 and BV7040, expiration September 2012 (expressed as 9/2012 on package).

What is the danger?

The eye shadow makeup in the Bratz Makeup Design Sketch Book may be contaminated with two strains of bacteria: Staphylococcus warneri and Staphylococcus intermedius. For certain individuals, such as those with compromised immune systems, introduction of either bacteria into the eye may result in infection, which if left untreated may lead to sight-threatening complications.

At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or illnesses related to the use of this product.

What should I do?

You should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact MGA Entertainment for instruction on how to obtain a refund.

For more information, you may contact MGA Entertainment Customer Service at 1-800-222-4685, Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.

Approximately 159 of the recalled products were sold at Toys R Us stores across Canada. The recalled products were sold from February 2011 to May 2011.

This product was manufactured in China. The manufacturer is MGA Entertainment of Van Nuys, California. the distributor is Toys "R" Us (Canada) Ltd. of Concord, Ontario.

Insurance answer

Of course, risk management should be in place to prevent a bacterial contamination of products that are distributed to consumers. This is particularly important when you are selling to children.

Insurance companies will look at the potential cost of a claim. What if a child uses this product on the eye area and has resultant permanent injury? What would this lawsuit cost? So you need to consider the catastrophic financial and reputation consequences. Talk to your business insurance agent or broker. Take control of your insurance.