Friday, February 28, 2020Recalls of products (RAPEX)

Recall of products - February 28, 2020

Produits au rappel - 28 février 2020

You may have them in your cupboards. Maybe, you use them, still. Beware: they are dangerous, illegal, harmful… and are the subject of a recall or ban by the European sanitary authorities. Underneath, you may find all the cosmetic products targeted by the RAPEX alert system this week: skin lightening products containing hydroquinone and a shampoo for children perserved with isobutylparaben.

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Skin lightening product

Brand: White Express
Name: Extra Whitening Lotion

Batch number: U53
Barcode: 3700607904004

Country of origin: Congo
Notifying country: United Kingdom

Risk type: chemical
The product contains hydroquinone (measured value: 3.9%). Hydroquinone can cause skin irritation and dermatitis and might also induce cancer.
The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation.

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Importer): Import rejected at border

Skin lightening cream

Brand: Caro Light
Name: Lightening Beauty Cream

Batch number: L: 11A03113
Barcode: 9501101370579

Country of origin: Congo
Notifying country: United Kingdom

Risk type: chemical
The product contains hydroquinone (measured value: 4.5%). Hydroquinone can cause skin irritation and dermatitis and might also induce cancer.
The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation.

**Measures ordered by public authorities*: Import rejected at border

Skin lightening cream

Brand: Clinic Clear
Name: Whitening Body Oil

Batch number: 006196
Barcode: 6181100284249

Country of origin: Congo
Notifying country: United Kingdom

Risk type: chemical
The product contains hydroquinone (measured value: 0.9%). Hydroquinone can cause skin irritation and dermatitis and might also induce cancer.
The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation.

**Measures ordered by public authorities*: Import rejected at border

Skin lightening cream

Brand: Rapid Clair
Name: White absolute

Batch number: U255
Barcode: 3700607900013

Country of origin: Congo
Notifying country: United Kingdom

Risk type: chemical
The product contains hydroquinone (measured value: 4.1%). Hydroquinone can cause skin irritation and dermatitis and might also induce cancer.
The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation.

**Measures ordered by public authorities*: Import rejected at border

Shampoo/Bath Gel

Brand: Unknown
Name: Shampoo and Bath Gel

Batch number: 14218
Barcode: 4042288200242

Country of origin: Greece
Notifying country: Bulgaria

Risk type: chemical
The list of ingredients on the packaging indicates that the product contains isobutylparaben. This paraben might be toxic for reproduction and development and might specifically target the male reproductive system.
The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation.

**Measures taken by economic operators (by: Retailer)*: Stop of sales

Source
Rapid Alert System - Weekly Reports, Report 09, European Commission, February 28, 2020

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