The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has warned the public to refrain from purchasing and using 41 cosmetic products containing adulterated mercury, hydroquinone or steroids which could pose potential health risks to consumers.
The adverse health effects associated with these substances include but are not limited to: Permanent neurological damage in children (pre-natal and neo-natal), exposed to mercury during pregnancy and or lactating; kidney toxicity; fertility problems; birth-defects; gastrointestinal toxicity; liver toxicity; skin infections; skin cancer; hyperpigmentation; and skin infections.
The affected products include: Perfect White Beauty Lotion, Day By Day Men Perfect Body Lotion, Aho)fE Foundation Body Cream, Body Clear Lightening lotion, Body Fashion Body Milk Doctoress Crème, and Bronze Tone Cocoa Butter and Honey Extracts
Others are Peau Claire Lightening Body Cream, Sivoclair Lightening Body Lotion, Biocarrot Lightening Body Lotion, and TC 35 Clear Completion Milk among others.
The FDA in a statement urged the 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 companies whose products contain these substances – mercury, hydroquinone and steroids – have also been directed by the FDA to initiate an immediate recall of their products from the market, as they pose a potential health risk.
The list of companies includes: DIMD Limited, Banare Limited, France Mod Limited, IVO Ghana Limited, Magic Dodo Ltd., Nouvelle Parfumrie Gandour Ghana Limited, Paradise Cosmetic Limited, Stopover JRA Enterprise and Universal Basic Company Limited.
The ‘defective’ products were detected when the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), as part of its routine market surveillance activity, visited some shops, collected sample and tested them.
“The FDA’s investigations have revealed that some cosmetic products on the market contain these substances. This 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 provide 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 FDA said in a statement.