Sargent Art craft paint recalled over bacteria concerns

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Craft paint that could be in your home or at school is the subject of a bacteria-related recall.

Sargent Art recalled 2.8 million units of arts and crafts tempera and finger paints that could be contaminated with harmful bacteria.

Retailers around the nation sold the paint, including Walmart, Hobby Lobby and Amazon. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said unspecified bacteria in the products could adversely affect people with weakened immune systems, putting them at risk of infection or serious illness.

4 Fast Facts

  • 2.8 million units of paint recalled
  • The paint could contain harmful bacteria
  • Those with weakened immune systems are most at risk
  • Customers who bought the Sargent Art paint can get a refund

The company said customers with healthy immune systems aren’t typically affected by the bacteria.

The recall includes 13 types of Sargent Art tempera and finger paints sold from May 2015 through June 2015:

  • Art-Time Tempera Paint
  • Liquid Tempera Paint
  • Art-Time Washable Finger Paint
  • Supreme Tempera Paint
  • Art-Time Washable Fluorescent Finger Paint
  • Value Tempera Paint
  • Art-Time Washable Fluorescent Tempera Paint
  • Washable Finger Paint
  • Art-Time Washable Glitter Finger Paint
  • Washable Glitter Paint
  • Art-Time Washable Paint
  • Washable Tempera Paint
  • Fluorescent Tempera Paint

The company said there were no injuries or illnesses related to the recalled products. Customers who’ve bought the paint should stop using it immediately. Customers can call 800-827-8081 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or contact Sargent Art for a full refund.

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