UNBS reiterates call against sell of cosmetics banned in Uganda

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) reiterates its call against sell of cosmetics banned in Uganda.

This follows routine inspections done by the UNBS officials from the market surveillance department who unearthed the sale of cosmetics containing Hydroquinone in different parts of Uganda.

The sale of these cosmetics contravenes the Uganda Standard requirements of US EAS 377-2:2013  – Cosmetics and cosmetic products – Part 2: List of substances which cosmetic products must not contain except subject to the restrictions laid down.

The over 250kgs of banned cosmetics worth over 22 million shillings includes Zero Pimples, Diproson cream, Beaution cream, Coco pulp oil, Coco pulp cream, Clair men, Carolight cream, carolight oil, Carolight soap, Citrolight cream, Maxi Claire, Princess Claire, Miki Claire plus and substandard Johnson powder.

The cosmetics were seized from Zero Pimples Investments Limited in Ganda Village, Nansana Municipality, Wakiso district, S & S Cosmetics shop in Kawempe, Brave Supermarket, Olive of Salem supermarket and K & S Cosmetics shop in Lugazi, Tumusiime Sam shop, Ever Smart Beauty saloon and Divine Mercy pharmaceuticals in Jinja City, Kizza Cosmetics, Baka Cosmetics,  Musoga Cosmetics,  Sarah Kabeera Shop, Balaba Richard Shop and Sanyu Susan Shop in Iganga town.

The inspections also unearthed sale of substandard electrical extension cables and water heater (immersion rod) at Don Shure Electronics and Sky Electronics, sale of alcohol in banned packaging of below 200ml at Rose Spirits Shop, sale of substandard peanut butter at Tesco Cash  and carry Supermarket along Main Street in Jinja City and illegal use of UNBS distinctive mark at ASM Mineral Processors Limited in Kakira, manufacturers of limestone for chemical industries.

The public is urged to be vigilant when buying goods for consumption; look out for the expiry date, ingredients, manufacturer’s address and contacts and packaging of all products should be intact and well-sealed. The UNBS App can be used to verify whether the product is certified by UNBS or not.

The public is further urged to report anyone dealing in substandard products to UNBS, using toll free line 0800133133.

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards continues to perform its mandate of developing, promoting and enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety, and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.