Health Ministry removes substandard cosmetics

The Drug Administration of Vietnam under the Ministry of Health yesterday said it has suspended many cosmetics from circulation and remove substandard items from shelves across the country.

These cosmetics removed from shelves include Ngoc An cream to treat pigmentation with batch number 015, manufacturing date February 2, 2016 and expiry date February 2, 2019 made by Commercial Company Tung An.

The cream failed to meet the quality because it contains clobetasol propionate substance which is not allowed in cosmetics.

The second item was withdrawn  from market is sheep placenta cream having batch number 006, manufacturing date March 23, 2016, and expiry date on March 23, 2019 made by Le Hoang Ha My Company also has clobetasol propionate substance.

Bao Lam Cream to treat pimple with production date December 17, 2015, and expiry date December 17, 2018 made by Bao Lam Company must be removed from shelves because it contains dexamethason acetat substance.

The Administration asked the three companies to collect all above-mentioned products and report to the Administration the result before August 10.

Additionally, the Administration also suspended from  circulation and took back eight cosmetics made by private company Long Thuan in the Mekong delta province of Tien Giang. Items must be taken back including shampoo, attar of pomelo flower used as hair conditioners, natural skin cream, and lip balm.

The Administration asked the departments of health in cities and provinces to inform to shops to take back these above-mentioned cosmetic products.

The departments of health are in charge of inspection and issued fines to these shops which did not conform to the decision.

By MINH KHANG – translated by Anh Quan

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