Fake blood, real danger: Halloween products seized - Media release

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29 October 2018
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While thousands of Victorian kids will go trick or treating for Halloween this year, Consumer Affairs Victoria’s inspectors have also taken to the streets.

Photo of Halloween related items that do not meet safety standards

The officers have seized more than 3,000 potentially harmful bottles of fake blood and other items during six visits to wholesale and retail premises across Melbourne’s southeast suburbs.

The items include:

  • ‘Bottle of Blood’ and ‘Blood vampire’ fake blood
  • ‘Fright Fangs’ tooth caps
  • ‘War game’ face paint
  • ‘Carnival Colours’ make-up kit, and
  • ‘Party Mustache’ fake moustaches.  

Fake blood was the most common product seized, with 1,487 confiscated, followed by 1,155 fake moustaches and 443 make-up kits.

The items were seized because they did not list their ingredients as required under the Australian cosmetics labelling standard.

“These product seizures will help ensure that Halloween remains fun for all Victorians,” said Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria, Simon Cohen.

“Ingredient labelling helps parents spot any ingredients that their children may be allergic to, or to more easily identify the cause if a reaction occurs,” Mr Cohen said.

Two of the businesses inspected have given undertakings to not sell the items in question in future. Consumer Affairs Victoria is continuing its investigations into the other four.

The ‘Bottle of Blood’ and ‘War Game’ items are now subject to a product recall.

“Many of us enjoy a good scare on Halloween – but it should be for the right reasons,” said Mr Cohen.

Consumer Affairs Victoria will destroy the seized items.

In 2017-18, Consumer Affairs Victoria conducted more than 1,100 product safety inspections, seizing more than 55,000 items.

Under the Australian Consumer Law, a supplier who fails to comply with a mandatory safety standard can face fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for a business. 

Consumers who have purchased any of these items should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.