FDA impounds prohibited skin bleaching products

Mrs Delese Darko, CEO of FDA

Mrs Delese Darko, CEO of FDA

Large quantities of illegally imported cosmetic creams that contain hydroquinone for skin bleaching, were yesterday impounded  at various markets and shops in Accra by a taskforce from the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

The special operation was conducted by the FDA in collaboration with personnel from the Police’s Drug Enforcement Unit to check  trading of the illegal products.

The impounded brands such as  Maxi Light, Caro White, Skin Light, Clear Touch, Queen Elizabeth, Clear Toning Lotion and Bio Light.

In Accra, the products were seized from pharmacies, super markets and shops in the central business district, and Kaneshie.

Mr James Lartey, Head of Communications  at the FDA briefing the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, explained that use of cosmetics with hydroquinone had health implications.

He said it had been established that the continuous use of such creams for a period of time could cause cancer.

Such creams, Mr Lartey said, destroy the melanin cells of the body that protects the skins against sunlight.

“The continuous use of such creams affects the skin, it also becomes difficult for doctors to operate on such people,” he stressed.

He said the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) issued a directive to ban the cosmetics products that contain hydroquinone, saying, the FDA and GSA had since not been registration of such products for sale on the market.

The Head of Communications said the FDA continued to  educate traders on the ban, but some recalcitrant ones use unapproved means to import or manufacture the products.

He said the impounded products would be destroyed and the recalcitrant traders would be arrested and prosecuted.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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