THE WHAT? The Kuwaiti Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies has withdrawn cosmetics and personal care products that contain butylphenyl methylpropional (lilial) of all kinds as well as its derivatives, according to Zawya.
THE DETAILS The Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Mazen Al-Nahedh issued a ministerial decision banning the import, sale and purchase of all types of cosmetics containing lilial.
The Head of the Union of Consumer Cooperative Societies Ali Al-Fahad stated in a press announcement that the decision came under the directives of Minister of Social Affairs and Community Development and State Minister for Women and Childhood Affairs May Al-Baghly.
THE WHY? According to the European Chemicals Agency lilial is classified as a carcinogen, with the union preparing inspection visits in associations to ensure the decisions is being followed and clarifying the danger of the substance to consumers.