16th January , 2017
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is mandated to enforce standards in the protection of the public against harmful ingredients, dangerous components.
Pursuant of its mandate, UNBS, on 21st December 2016 seized nine (9) metric tons of cosmetics worth USD 11,325.680 containing hydroquinone, a prohibited ingredient contrary to the requirements of Cosmetics and cosmetic products US: EAS 377:1.
The consignment imported by NABCO REMA (U) LTD from Ivory Coast contained the following items;
Laboratory analysis of the samples taken from the seized cosmetics confirmed presence of hydroquinone. Hydroquinone has been known to cause skin conditions such as; skin discoloration, photosensitivity and in extreme cases, cancer.
As a result, the cosmetics are required to be re-exported or destroyed within 21 days in accordance with the UNBS Imports Inspection and Clearance Regulations, 2015.
UNBS cautions the general public on the purchase and use of the above mentioned cosmetics. If found in any retail or wholesale outlet, please call our toll free line on (0800)133 133.
UNBS assures the general public of its commitment to eliminate substandard products from the Ugandan Market.