PhotoSargent Art of Hazleton, Pa., is recalling about 2.8 million units of tempera and finger paints sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The paint can contain harmful bacteria. Exposure to certain bacteria can have adverse health effects in immunocompromised individuals, posing a risk of serious illness including a bacterial infection. Consumers with healthy immune systems are not generally affected by the bacteria.

No incidents or injuries are reported.

This recall involves 13 types of Sargent Art tempera and finger paints. All colors and sizes of the following types of Sargent Art paints are included in the recall:

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 paints, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Hobby Lobby, Walmart and other stores nationwide and online at and from May 2015, to June 2016, for between $1 and $8.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled paints and contact Sargent Art for a full refund.

Consumers may contact Sargent Art at 800-827-8081 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) and Monday through Friday, or online at and click on “Recall” for more information.



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