Jane Chen / Shanghai Daily news
Shanghai's food and drug authority comforted local consumers by saying that
cosmetic products available on the city's market are generally safe, and ití»s
closely monitoring the cosmetic brands SK-II, Clinique, Dior, Estee Lauder and
Shanghai Food & Drug Administration made this remark in response
to the panic among Chinese consumers, which was triggered by the recent media
reports that the products made by the world's five leading cosmetic companies
contain harmful chemicals.
Earlier this month, China's quality watchdog
discovered trace amounts of chromium and neodymium, two substances that can
cause skin allergies and other health problems, in several popular SK-II skin
care products, including its whitening agents and facial creams. All of the
problematic products were made by Procter & Gamble Co in Japan.
weekend, the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Center reported that heavy metal
elements such as chromium and neodymium were found in products sold by Clinique,
Dior, Estee Lauder and Lancome.