A crackdown has been launched on cosmetic brands that failed to pass laboratory tests by Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority.
Different stores in the provincial capital were visited by PSQCA team and a massive amount of cosmetics were seized. A warning was also issued to the owners of the shops, ordering them to empty their shelves of unregistered and illegal brands, and also to stop bringing them.
As per the spokesperson of the authority, on the orders of Fawad Chaudhary, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Abdul Aleem Memon, PSQCA Direction General, ordered Lahore zone assessment team to start a crackdown against cosmetics that are illegal and harmful.
Minister for Climate Change previously ordered a crackdown on fairness creams:
“The creams you sell for ten rupees, you play with our skins through these creams,” the minister said, adding that they are peeling our skin to whiten it.
“We will be legislating in this regard by December 31 and then we will crack down on you,” Zartaj Gul sent out a clear and loud warning to the cosmetic companies.
56 out of 59 fairness creams in Pakistan found highly toxic:
56 out of 59 skin whitening creams being used in Pakistan are highly toxic due to high mercury levels. They had more mercury content than the permissible limit Of 1 ppm. This can lead to long-term, permanent damage to your skin as well as the nervous system.
Here are the brands that have been declared unsafe for use:
Majority of these whitening creams have melanin inhibitors, steroids, and mercury. Mercury gives temporary results in the form of skin whitening, in the longer run, it can lead to discoloration, allergies, and scarring. The mercury can even lead to kidney damage.