Unlicensed Chinese lipsticks in Philippines may contain lead

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lipstick lipsOn September 8, Philippines officials warned the public to avoid using unlicensed, illegitimate Chinese-made lipsticks that purported on being big brands due to the products possibly containing high amounts of lead.

The country’s Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory warning saying that the widely sold boot-legged products were on the streets in many urban areas, and that they were being sold without the agency’s approvals. The advisory added that the counterfeit lipsticks carry the labels of Miss Beauty, Baolishi, Shijing, Heng Fang and Ling Mei.

“These products may contain high levels of heavy metals, especially lead,” the agency said. “[The lipsticks are] unnotified products from China or imitations of the original products being sold by sidewalk and ambulant vendors or outlets in the country.”

The advisory warned that the high amounts of lead can lead to health issues.

“In adults, lead toxicant has been linked with high blood pressure, joint pain, poor memory and concentration problems. The children are particularly at risk from neurotoxic effects of lead, which affect their brain development and cognition”

The agency notified police and other law enforcement agents to confiscate all of the illegal products. A crackdown is underway with the further developments as police forces are investigating areas for the illegal products being sold.

Yet, despite the knowledge of the existence of such faulty products, the agency did not mention how many lipsticks had entered the country. The government had previously affirmed that smuggling remained a rampant problem due to corruption in the customs bureau.

This would not be the first time that the Philippines ran into fake and toxic Chinese products being sold. In 2010, the agency banned nine Chinese brands of whiteners and skin creams that were found to contain heavy traces of mercury.

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On September 8, Philippines officials warned the public to avoid using unlicensed, illegitimate Chinese-made lipsticks that purported on being big brands due to the products possibly containing high amounts of lead.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

lipstick lipsOn September 8, Philippines officials warned the public to avoid using unlicensed, illegitimate Chinese-made lipsticks that purported on being big brands due to the products possibly containing high amounts of lead.

The country’s Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory warning saying that the widely sold boot-legged products were on the streets in many urban areas, and that they were being sold without the agency’s approvals. The advisory added that the counterfeit lipsticks carry the labels of Miss Beauty, Baolishi, Shijing, Heng Fang and Ling Mei.

“These products may contain high levels of heavy metals, especially lead,” the agency said. “[The lipsticks are] unnotified products from China or imitations of the original products being sold by sidewalk and ambulant vendors or outlets in the country.”

The advisory warned that the high amounts of lead can lead to health issues.

“In adults, lead toxicant has been linked with high blood pressure, joint pain, poor memory and concentration problems. The children are particularly at risk from neurotoxic effects of lead, which affect their brain development and cognition”

The agency notified police and other law enforcement agents to confiscate all of the illegal products. A crackdown is underway with the further developments as police forces are investigating areas for the illegal products being sold.

Yet, despite the knowledge of the existence of such faulty products, the agency did not mention how many lipsticks had entered the country. The government had previously affirmed that smuggling remained a rampant problem due to corruption in the customs bureau.

This would not be the first time that the Philippines ran into fake and toxic Chinese products being sold. In 2010, the agency banned nine Chinese brands of whiteners and skin creams that were found to contain heavy traces of mercury.

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