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Update on OPSS product safety alerts and reports of cosmetic products posing a risk to the health and safety of consumers.
Market surveillance authorities, including the Office for Product Safety and Standards and Local Authority Trading Standards, have responsibility for regulating product safety in the UK. The Product Safety Alerts, Reports and Recalls area is used by UK market surveillance authorities to notify unsafe and noncompliant products, including those that present a risk to the health and safety of consumers. The online system serves as a single rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products. Weekly reports are issued on the website. The weekly reports only cover non-food consumer products; therefore, they do not cover food and drink, vehicles, or medicines and medical devices.
Unsafe products that pose a risk to the health and safety of consumers may be recalled.
CTPA regularly checks the notifications made via the rapid alert system website. For information, below are recent notifications made.
Skin cream with chemical risk as it contains hydroquinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone (MCI/MI). The product has been destroyed at the border.
Skin lightening cream and whitening body lotion with chemical risk as they contain hydroquinone and glucocorticoids. The products have been destroyed at the border.
Soap and skin cream with chemical risk as they contain mercury. The products were also missing required labelling and incorrect names were used on the ingredient lists. The products have been destroyed.
Skin lightening cream with chemical risk as it contains clobestasol propionate. The product has been withdrawn from the market and removed from the online marketplace.