- July 31, 2019
FDA Advisory No. 2019-204 || Public Health Warning Against the Purchase and Use of the following Unnotified Cosmetic Products
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the public from purchasing and using the following unnotified cosmetic products:
(*) POPA SMOOTH INTERNATIONAL WITH VITAMIN E POWDER FOUNDATION WITH UVA & UVB PROTECTION
(*) CHROMA CELLOSHINE TREATMENT CHOCO BROWN
(*) PEIYEN®LIPS TINT THE LURE OF LIP (01)
(*) WOW LONG LASTING LIP COLOR (LOVELY PEACH)
(*) EXCEK PARIS LONG LASTING 24 HOURS
The FDA verified through post-marketing surveillance (PMS) that the abovementioned cosmetic products are not authorized and the Certificates of Product Notification have not been issued. Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9711, otherwise known as the “Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009”, the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising or sponsorship of health products without the proper authorization from FDA is prohibited.
Since these unnotified cosmetic products have not gone through evaluation process of the FDA, the agency cannot assure their quality and safety. The use of such violative products may pose health risks to consumers.
Potential hazards may come from ingredients that are not allowed to be part of a cosmetic product such as Rhodamine B or from the contamination of heavy metals such as Lead (Pb) especially in lip cosmetic products. Rhodamine B is a fluorescent dye used as a tracer in water and air flow studies and in molecular and cell biology studies. It presents as a red to violet powder and has been shown to be carcinogenic in mammalian models. Lead (Pb) exposure may cause anaemia, hypertension, renal impairement, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs.
In light of the foregoing, the public is advised not to purchase the aforementioned violative products. Moreover, the public is advised to always check if a cosmetic product is notified with the FDA. The FDA website (www.fda.gov.ph) has a Search feature which may be used by typing in the name of the product before purchasing.
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