Fake blood and other Halloween costume staples have been seized from Victorian stores over fears they could be dangerous.
Consumer Affairs seized more than 3000 items from stores in Melbourne’s southeast for failing to list their ingredients, as required under Australian standards.
The watchdog said the most common product was fake blood – branded ‘Bottle of Blood’ and ‘Blood Vampire’ – with 1487 items confiscated.
There were 1155 fake moustaches confiscated in the blitz.
‘War Game’ face paint, ‘Carnival Colours’ make-up kits, and ‘Fright Fangs’ tooth caps were also seized.
Bottle of Blood and War Game face-paint are both being recalled.
“These product seizures will help ensure that Halloween remains fun for all Victorians,” director of Consumer Affairs Victoria Simon Cohen said.
“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.”
Two of the businesses inspected told the watchdog they would not sell the items in future.
Consumer Affairs said it would destroy the items seized.
The watchdog seized more than 55,000 items in 1100 product safety inspections in the last financial year.
Suppliers face fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for businesses for breaching mandatory safety standards in Australia.
Consumer Affairs said shoppers who have purchased any of the items should return them for a full refund.