The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), as part of its routine market surveillance activity, is investigating the possible adulteration of mercury, hydroquinone or steroids in some cosmetic products on the Ghanaian market.
In a statement copied The Herald, the FDA disclosed that its investigations, have revealed that some cosmetic products on the market, contain these substances.
This it said, “is a serious violation of the Standards Authority Act, 1973 (N.R.C.D.173) as well as Sections 111(c) and 113(b) of the Public Health Act, 2012, Act 851 which provides that;“A person commits an offence if that person sells a drug, herbal medicinal product, cosmetic, medical device or household chemical substance which is adulterated”
“A person commits an offence if that person labels, packages, sells or advertises a drug, a herbal medicinal product, cosmetic, medical device or household chemical substance in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or misbranded as regards it character, constitution, value , potency, quality, composition, merits or safety”.
The statement signed by the FDA’s Director of Communications and Public Education, James Lartey, said the companies whose products contain these substances (mercury, hydroquinone and steroids) have been directed to initiate an immediate recall of their products from the market as they pose a potential health risk.
These substances are not permitted in cosmetic products due to their adverse side effects over prolonged use.
The adverse health effects associated with these substances include but not limited Permanent neurological damage in children (pre-natal and neo-natal) exposed to mercury during pregnancy and or lactation, Kidney toxicity, Fertility problems, Birth defects, Gastrointestinal toxicity and Liver toxicity.
Other dangers posed the human health include Skin infections, Skin cancer, Hyperpigmentation/Ochronosis (“Na enso ƐbƐn”) and Skin infections.
The FDA, is therefore advising the general public not to purchase any of these cosmetic products as indicated, immediately discontinue use and return all such products to the retail shops from where they were purchased or to the FDA and report to the FDA any adverse effects arising from the use of any cosmetic product through the FDA’s safety monitoring system.
The FDA, emphasized that the protection of the general public is its prime objective and all activities are designed to provide continuous assurance of safety of all food, medicines, cosmetics, household chemicals and medical devices.
The Authority will continue to monitor the market and all unwholesome products will be safely disposed of in accordance to Section 132 of the Public Health Act.
The list of companies and products that contain the substances that are not permitted in cosmetic products are:
DIMD Limited suppliers of Perfect White Beauty Lotion (Clobetasol, Hydroquinone) and Day By Day Men Perfect Body Lotion (Betamethasone)
Banare Limited suppliers AhoͻfƐ Foundation Body Cream (Mercury, Hydroquinone)
France Mod Limited marketers of Fair & White So White Skin Perfector Brightening and Moisturizing Body Milk (Hydroquinone)
IVO Ghana Limited sellers of Zoe Peau Sublime Beauty Lotion (BN:AF50.04000002.09:15), (Mercury, Betamethasone, Hydroquinone), Body Clear Lightening Lotion (BN: not stated) (Mercury, Hydroquinone) and Zoe Peau Sublime Face Corrective Cream (BN: not stated) (Mercury, Clobetasol, Betamethasone).
Body Fashion Body Milk (BN: not stated) (Mercury, Hydroquinone), HT7 Hyprogel Body Lotion (BN: not stated) (Betamethasone) and Beauty Clinic Whitening Lotion (BN: AF51.0500 0001) (Mercury, Hydroquinone)
Magic Dodo Ltd suppliers of Dodo Beauty Lightening Lotion (BN: 006114) (Mercury, Hydroquinone)
Marie France Skin Care (BN: 006045) (Mercury, Betamethasone, Hydroquinone.
Also mentioned was Nouvelle Parfumrie Gandour Ghana Limited are Tiatio Concentrated Serum (Betamethasone, Clobetasol, Hydroquinone), Bravia Unifying Body Cream (BN: 1006618) (Hydroquinone), Bronze Tone Cocoa Butter and Honey Extracts (Hydroquinone), Passionella Complexion Unifying Serum (Hydroquinone), Passionella Brightening Cream (BN:241540) (Hydroquinone), Fluo Pommade a Huile de Ricin (Betamethasone).
Other products from the company, Bravia Lotion (Mercury, Clobetasol, Hydroquinone), Doctoress Crème (Clobetasol), Pure Skin Vanishing Care Body Cream (Clobetasol, Hydroquinone), Senophine Crème (Clobetasol) and Abana Facial Crème (Mercury, Clobetasol, Hydroquinone).
Bronze Tone Maxi Tone Cocoa Butter & Honey Extract Lotion (Hydroquinone), Maxilight Lightening & Purifying Body Lotion (Clobetasol, Hydroquinone) and G&G Body Cream (Mercury, Clobetasol, Hydroquinone) were mentioned.
Paradise Cosmetics Limited suppliers of Bioskin Lightening Body Lotion (BN: 750) (Hydroquinone, Clobetasol), Bioskin Lightening Body Lotion (BN: 847) (Clobetasol, Hydroquinone), Clair-Liss Genial Lightening Body Cream (BN: B9834) (Clobetasol, Hydroquinone), Clair-Liss Genial Lightening Body Cream (9816) (Clobetasol, Hydroquinone), Sivoclair Lightening Body Lotion (BN-3560) (Clobetasol, Hydroquinone), Goldskin Clarifying Body Lotion with Argan Oil (BN: 740) (Clobetasol, Hydroquinone), Goldskin Fast Action Cream with Argan Oil (BN: G07025) (Clobetasol), Peau Claire Lightening Body Cream (BN: 3926) (Clobetasol, Hydroquinone) and Biocarrot Lightening Body Lotion (BN: 167) (Clobetasol, Hydroquinone)
Stopover JRA Enterprise suppliers of RA Foundation Body Cream (Mercury, Hydroquinone).
Universal Basic Company Limited makerters of Tendrina Special Hand and Body Complexion Lotion (BN: 139) (Betamethasone), Tendrina Complexion Cream (BN: CT 4003) (Betamethasone), Tendrina Hand and Body Complexion Lotion (BN: not legible) (Betamethasone) and TC 35 Clear Complexion Milk (BN: 14352) (Betamethasone).
You may contact the FDA through the following contacts for any information and enquiry related to the FDA’s mandate:
0299802932 or 0299802933 Whatsapp – 0206973065
4015 (On Vodafone, MTN and AirtelTigo) www.fdaghana.gov.gh
Facebook – Food and Drugs Authority Ghana Skype – @GH_FDA
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