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San Joaquin County issues warning against eye makeup known as surma, kohl

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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:00 am

The San Joaquin County Public Health Services Department is warning that using surma, kohl and kajal around the eyes can lead to lead poisoning and cause brain damage in young children.

According to the health department, using these eye makeup products is a cultural practice in many countries in South and Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. These products are believed to protect the eyesight and vision, make the eyes more beautiful, or ward off the "evil eye," the department says.

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