Huge haul as crackdown on skin lightening creams bites

27 February 2012 in Community safety and Health
These were some of 330 tubs of potentially dangerous skin lightening creams which have just been seized from a shop in Canning Town by Newham Trading Standards .
The huge haul – the shop cannot yet be named for legal reasons – comes as part of a renewed crackdown on the creams by Newham Trading Standards. They are dangerous because they contain high levels of cancer-causing Hydroquione which is a known carcinogenic substance and banned in Europe.

Newham Trading Standards are redoubling their efforts after 2,500 of the cancer causing cosmetics were seized in Canning Town area and neighbouring borough earlier this year (February) in a joint operation.

Officers are targeting the skin lightening creams with labels marked hydroquione which they believe is being imported from Ghana. It is particularly popular among ethnic communities and often used for skin lightening.

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."