CAA steps up raids on harmful beauty products

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) will be increasing the number of raids conducted in connection with beauty-related products that cause deleterious effects to health.

Speaking to The Morning, CAA Chairman Hasitha Tillekeratne said that they would be stepping up raids due to the increase in such harmful beauty-related products available in the market.

Recently, the CAA conducted raids on several shops in the Colombo Fort area in search of beauty products that are harmful to humans.

“We were able to confiscate Rs. 300 million worth of beauty products from mid last year to date. Most of the products are found in the Colombo and Colombo Fort areas,“ he added.

In November 2016, the CAA was informed of the use of adulterated and expired cosmetics in many salons around the country. The CAA raided 107 beauty and hair salons in the Kandy, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Matara, and Puttalam Districts and detected expired cosmetics in 67 salons.

“Consumers should be cautious of face cream products, specially targeted at young women. The use of these face creams could result in skin-related issues and even injuries. We especially warn young consumers to beware of these skin products, which are targeted mostly at young women. Do not purchase any package just because they are priced low; inspect them for registration numbers, expiry dates, and the location of production.”

Meanwhile, Movement for the Protection of Public Rights Convenor Asela Sampath, speaking to The Morning, said that these harmful beauty products also affect artistes who frequently use them.

“On sets, makeup artistes use different types of beauty products which could be harmful to the skin. They only purchase what is in the market. But who could guarantee that they are quality products?” Sampath queried.
He also claimed that the institutes, which are responsible for ensuring the standards of these products, do not fulfil their responsibilities properly.