Huge haul as crackdown on skin lightening creams bites

27 February 2013 in Community safety and Health
239 tubs of potentially dangerous skin lightening creams have been seized this month (February) by Newham Trading Standards.​
Some of the seized cream
The huge haul - the two shops in Stratford cannot yet be named for legal reasons - comes as part of a renewed crackdown on the creams by the council. They are dangerous because they contain high levels of Hydroquione, which is a known carcinogenic substance and banned in Europe.
This latest seizure comes after 2,500 of the cancer causing cosmetics were seized last year in the Canning Town area.
Officers are targeting the skin lightening creams with labels marked hydroquione which they believe is being imported from Ghana.
Cllr Unmesh Desai, Newham Council's Executive Member for Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour, said: "Parents and young people must be very vigilant for these creams Newham is taking the lead in London by cracking down hard as we believe it is circulating across the capital. Anyone who comes across it should contact their local council's trading standards office immediately."
Go through Consumer Direct on 03454 040506 and ask for Newham Trading Standards. ​