On behalf of Smiley & Smiley, LLP posted in Defective Products on Sunday, October 27, 2013.
Halloween is meant to be scary. It is meant to be scary in enjoyable ways. Unfortunately, some of the choices people make on this holiday turn out to be scary in truly negative ways. For example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations are currently trying to protect the public from a safety threat perpetrated by individuals who have pursued scary choices in order to make a profit.
Various manufacturers understand that Americans like to dress up in intriguing and provocative ways on Halloween. Men and women alike often dress in costumes that are so elaborate and lifelike that they challenge one’s perception of what is real and unreal. Many individuals choose to enhance their costumes with colored contact lenses. Unfortunately, certain overseas manufacturers are taking advantage of this market and are importing illegal colored contact lenses that are not FDA approved.
These illegally imported contact lenses are potentially defective consumer products that may seriously injure those who choose to wear them. These lenses can even blind wearers. As a result, it is imperative that New Yorkers refrain from wearing unregulated contact lenses this holiday. Partygoers should only wear colored contact lenses that require a prescription and they should not wear any lenses sold in party stores, Halloween shops, online without a prescription or from beauty stores.
By avoiding these potentially hazardous products, you will help to ensure that your Halloween is spooky and scary but only in the best ways.
Source: Fox News, “FDA warns against ‘illegal’ colored contact lenses for Halloween,” Oct. 24, 2013
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