THE WHAT? Shoppers in Uganda are being encouraged to check that products carry the UNBS quality mark, according to a report published by All Africa.
THE DETAILS The mark indicates that the product in question not only conforms to safety standards but is also a key tool in the fight against counterfeit cosmetics.
The warning was prompted by a mass ban issued by the National Bureau of Standards for products containing controversial whitening ingredient hydroquinone. Some 98 body creams, 27 skin lotions and 10 soaps have been withdrawn from sale in the country.
THE WHY? The Ugandan authorities are hoping to convince consumers of the dangers of unregulated products. Despite rigorous checks, dangerous cosmetic and personal care items containing carcinogenic ingredients are regularly smuggled into the country or supplied under the counter. If the regulatory body can prevent purchase, the battle will be won.