Dec 13 2011
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Saudi Arabia: SFDA warns against lead-tainted cosmetics
The authority said in a press statement that these products, sold in the local market, contain a level of lead much higher than the allowed limit as per the Gulf Standardization Organization specification, Al-Eqtisadiah business daily reported Monday.
Abdul Rahman Al-Sultan, director of the SFDA consumer awareness department, that the authority had directed the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to pull out these products from the local market and impose a ban on their import. He noted that working teams from the SFDA in coordination with the customs officials at various entry points were working to prevent entry of these products into the Kingdom. He warned that these brands of cosmetics posed serious health hazards.
According to Al-Sultan, the SFDA carries out lab analyses of all consumer goods including foodstuffs, medicines and cosmetics at regular intervals, especially when there are warnings from the concerned authorities against use of some products. It also analyzes random samples of consumer goods collected from the local market.
Al-Sultan also urged the public to take note of the particulars of such products, including their manufacturer, ingredients, operation number as well as manufacturing and expiry date, before purchasing. Earlier, the SFDA banned some eye kohl brands for their high percentage of lead and directed to recall these products from the local market.
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