Skin-whitening creams: The battle against illegal products
VIEW THE ORIGINAL BBC NEWS ARTICLE:
High Street shops that were prosecuted for selling illegal skin-whitening creams are continuing to do so, the BBC has found.
Trading Standards acknowledged “it’s a really big problem” and more could be done to regulate the industry.
Substances containing hydroquinone and mercury are banned from being sold over-the-counter in the UK as they can cause liver, nerve and foetal damage.
But a lack of resources and data is making the problem hard to tackle.
A previous BBC investigation revealed the banned cosmetics were being sold across the UK.
Trading Standards is responsible for seizing the creams and prosecuting businesses that sell them. However, it appears convicted shop owners are undeterred by these fines, and are continuing to…
View original post 809 more words