Health Ministry bans more substances in cosmetics products

Fearing bad effects of dangerous chemicals on cosmetic users, the Drug Administration of Vietnam of the Ministry of Health banned more 5 derivatives from Paraben and Methylisothiazolinone in cosmetics products.

Following, the Administration said that five derivatives from Paraben include Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Phenylparaben, Benzylparaben and Pentylparaben.

All foreign-made or local-made products are just allowed to circulate in the market before July 30, 2015. However, these derivatives from Methylisothiazolinone just allowed being on market before April 30, 2016.

The Administration asked departments of health in cities and provinces to urge enterprises to re-check ingredients of cosmetics and upgrade lists of banned substances. Health authorities must observe the circulation of these products as per the regulation.

According to the Administration, two banned substances Paraben and Methylisothiazolinone are often present in cosmetics products including skin cream, mascara, rinse-off cosmetics, shaving cream and products for children namely oil bath and damp cloth.

However, lately, in the world, studies have been linked to breast cancer, allergies and immunotoxicities and irritation of skin, eyes and lungs. In the Europe and the US, there have been reports on skin infections after consumers contacted with products containing Methylisothiazolinone.

By Nguyen Quoc – translated by Uyen Phuong

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