6th February , 2018
The seized products would have had adverse health effects on more than 10,000 households as result of using poor quality products
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), on Friday 2nd February 2018, seized 1.7 tonnes of assorted cosmetics worth Shs300 million belonging to Sure Deal Beauty Centre Limited.
The company was found to be illegally using the UNBS Quality Mark and selling banned products in contravention of the UNBS Act and the Uganda Standards on specifications for Petroleum Jelly (US191) and general requirements for labelling cosmetics (US 346).
Some of the seized products include Baby Petroleum Jelly, Baby Oil, Lightening Shinning Cream, Instant Bleach Cream, Lightening Herbal Soap, Lightening Oil, and Stretch Mark Oil, among others.
The seized products would have had adverse health effects on more than 10,000 households as result of using poor quality products.
The cosmetics were seized at Sure Deal Beauty Centre Office on Senana Building Buganda Road and Mini Price behind Shell on Ben Kiwanuka Street, Ben Kiwanuka Street. The UNBS Team also seized a number of assorted products at the ongoing Back-to-School Guide and Expo at Constitutional Square.
The seizures were a result of investigations carried out by UNBS Market Surveillance Team at various Sure Deal outlets. It was established that various cosmetics manufactured by the company carried the UNBS Quality Mark despite not being certified by UNBS.
Previous tests carried out by UNBS on some Sure Deal products confirmed that the products contain hydroquinone which is a banned substance used in cosmetics for skin lightening. The UNBS Team also seized skin lightening cosmetics that contain hydroquinone which various studies have confirmed to have adverse effects on human heath such as damage to internal organs e.g. liver.
The UNBS Legal Team and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Uganda Police Force have initiated legal proceedings against the company and its directors.