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: a bath and shampoo gel for kids contaminated by micro-organisms and a lightening lotion containing hydroquinone.
Shampoo and bath gel
Name: Shampoo and bath gel
Description: 300 ml of shampoo and bath gel solution in a yellow plastic bottle with a dark green cap, with a picture of Disney’s characters Winnie the Pooh and Tiger.
• Country of origin: Greece
• Notifying country: Germany
Risk type: Microbiological
The product contains an excessive amount of pseudomonas putida (measured value: 600 000 cfu/ml).
If used on damaged skin or by immunocompromised users, the product may cause a severe infection.
The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation and the relevant European standard EN ISO 17516.
Measures taken by economic operators: Withdrawal from retail spaces (By: Retailer)
Name: Purifying and skin tone lotion
Description: 250 ml of brown lotion in a plastic bottle with an orange plastic cap.
Model: White Absolute
Batch number: N. 21091997 - Mfg Date 08/2017 Best Before 07/2022
• Country of origin: Italy
• Notifying country: Fance
Risk type: Chemical
The product contains hydroquinone (measured value: 1.4% by weight).
Hydroquinone can cause skin irritation and dermatitis.
The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation.
Measures taken by economic operators: Recall of the product from end users (By: Retailer)
• Rapid Alert System - Weekly Reports, Rapport 22, European Comission, 31/05/2019