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Imported Korean cosmetics found to contain antimony

2018/03/21 15:40:58

Photo courtesy of Food and Drug Administration

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) Two types of cosmetics product from South Korean brand Etude House sold in Taiwan have been found to contain antimony and pulled from store shelves, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Wednesday.

The authorities in Seoul discovered on Monday 13 products produced by South Korean cosmetics conglomerate Amorepacific to contain excessive amounts of antimony, a heavy metal that can cause sicknesses, such as eye irritation and gastrointestinal disorders, according to local media reports.

Of the 13 problematic cosmetics products identified, six from Aritaum and Etude House, cosmetic brands under Amorepacific, contained above 10 micrograms per gram of antimony, according to reports.

After checking with Amorepacific's Taiwan branch Tuesday, FDA Division of Medical Devices and Cosmetics section head Hung Kuo-teng (洪國登) said that two of the problematic products -- skin concealers and eyebrow pencils -- from Etude House were imported into Taiwan.

The company issued a recall for the two products for Taiwan Tuesday and as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 241 skin concealers and 62 eyebrow pencils had been removed from sale, according to Hung.

To prevent parallel imports of problematic products from entering Taiwan, the FDA will work with local health authorities to step up inspections of night markets and online shopping outlets, Hung said.

In Taiwan, there has been zero tolerance of antimony in cosmetic products since 2005, according to Hung.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Evelyn Kao)