FDA destroys cancer related cosmetic products

By Kodjo Adams, GNA

Accra, Feb 9, GNA – The Food and Drugs
Authority (FDA) has destroyed fake cosmetic products, containing harmful
chemicals which are dangerous to public health.

Mrs Delese Mimi Darko, the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO), FDA said these fake products contain chemicals which in the long
term can cause liver cancer, kidney cancer, eye disease and skin cancer and
fertility problems.y.

She stated that the affected products were
adulterated with either mercury, hydroquinone or steroids, which could have
serious consequences on the consumer.

The CEO said this in Accra at a press briefing
after the Authority disposed 25 cartoons of cosmetics products, at the Nsumia
Waste Landfill Site, Nsawam under the supervision of officers from the
Authority.

Some of the destroyed products are bioskin
lightening body lotion, gold skin fast action cream, biocarrot body lotion,
Sivoclair lightening body lotion, JRA body cream, day by day men lotion,
perfect day body lotion, and perfect white beauty lotion.

She advised the public to check for the expiry
date, and the Authority’s registration number and packaging before buying
commodities.

Mrs Darko explained that the move was crucial
to avoid the influx of counterfeit products in the country which poses serious health
concern to the citizenry.

She said the products were seized from traders
in some parts of Accra during market surveillance in grocery shops, pharmacies,
licensed chemical, cosmetic and herbal shops.

She cautioned the public against the use of
unregistered products as their safety and efficacy could not be
guaranteed. 

According to the FDA in a press statement in
January 2019, there are over 42 list of cosmetic products that contained
prohibited substances on the Ghanaian market.

The Authority said it was a violation of the
Standards Authority Act, 1973 (N.R.C.D 173) and Section 111(c) and 113(b) of
the Public Health Act, 2012, (Act 851).

The Standards Authority Act, 1973 (N.R.C.D
173) states that, “A person commits an offence if that person sells a drug,
herbal medicinal product, cosmetic, medical device or household chemical
substance which is adulterated”.

GNA

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