UNBS seizes Lady Maureen cosmetics containing Hydroquinone

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has seized dozens of beauty products found at the Lady Maureen salon and beauty centre in Mengo, Kampala.

This is after laboratory tests confirmed that the cosmetics contain Hydroquinone, contrary to US EAS 377-1: 2013, Cosmetics and cosmetic products — Part 1: List of substances prohibited in cosmetic products.

UNBS banned the importation, manufacture, sale and use of cosmetics containing hydroquinone in 2016, given that its (Hydroquinone’s) long-term use can result into cancer, according to research.

The seized products include; 5950g of Natural cream, 3000g of Aloevera, 4450g of Herbal Cream, 2800g of Skin repair, 4000g of beauty cream, 1000g of Special cream I, 750g of Special Cream II, 650g of Face only and 4250g of unlabelled cosmetics.

Clause 20 of the UNBS Act prohibits the manufacture, sale, distribution or holding for the purpose of selling any product that does not meet compulsory Uganda standards.

UNBS continues to perform its mandate of enforcing standards to protect the health and safety of consumers and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.