Uganda cracks down on imported cosmetics

26-Feb-2016

Imported goods containing mercury and hydroquinone to be banned

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is set to impose a ban on imported cosmetic goods containing mercury and hydroquinone.

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The ban will be effective from 31 March and will prohibit traders and importers from selling any products containing the substances. Both ingredients are said to be dangerous and pose significant health risks. Failure to comply with the standards would mean vendors risk seizure of their products.

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