Published: 04 August 2022  (Updated: 04 August 2022)

UK Product Safety Database Alerts July 2022

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.

Wet wipes and personal care products as they present a risk of microbiological contamination due to the detection of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.  Products have been recalled and have been withdrawn from the market.  

Face serum ampoules as they present a risk of injury to the consumer if the glass vial container weakens and breaks.  Products have been recalled from end users and withdrawn from the market.

Skin lightening cream with chemical risk as it contains Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene.  Users have been recommended to stop using it and the listing has been removed from the online marketplace.

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