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Cosmetic “blacklist” in China

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

The Chinese Ministry of Health has "blacklisted" 10 domestically-made cosmetics, alleging that they contain ingredients that make the skin waste away and become discolored and more susceptible to disease, wire services report. The items contain dexamethasone, which makes the skin seem improved initially but can cause it to appear thin and dark and waste away over time. After consumers stop using products containing the ingredient, the skin becomes dry and develops rashes, the Ministry of Health says. The ingredient has been found in nine types of lotions, anti-allergy essences and masks produced by the Guangzhou Shimei Cosmetics Co. Ltd., as well as an anti-allergy moisture mask sold by Gelamei Cosmetic Co. Ltd. Both firms are located in Guandong Province. The Chinese Ministry of Health did not indicate whether recalls of the products are required or if the items have been exported, wire services say. Alerts related to unsafe personal-care and other products from China have become increasingly frequent; recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized tubes of toothpaste exported from China that were adulterated with diethylene glycol (1"The Rose Sheet" Oct. 8, 2007, In Brief). The Chinese government has pledged to crack down on the problem...

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