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More than 50% of hair dyes in Taipei fail to meet standards

2012/04/23 17:15:58

Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Fifty-three percent of hair dye products sold in Taipei do not meet the city's Department of Health (DOH) standards, according to statistics published by the department on Monday.

In a test of 15 hair dyes, two were found to be from unlicensed sources and six contained ingredients not approved for use in such products, the statistics showed.

In the case of the first two, the companies had not obtained the relative licenses required or the permits had become invalid, said the department.

The suppliers are also suspected of importing or manufacturing unapproved cosmetic products, the department added.

Under the Statute for Control of Cosmetic Hygiene, licenses are required to manufacture and import cosmetic products, the department said.

As for the other six hair dyes, they contained ingredients not approved by the country's Department of Health, the city government said, adding that it suspected the manufacturers had altered the formula.

A few of the dye products checked lacked proper information on the label, such as the manufacture and expiry dates, storage information, importer's address, and complete list of ingredients, the city's health department said.

The results of the checks have been published on the Taipei City Health Department's website at

Consumers can enter a product's licence number on the website to check whether the hair dye has been approved

(By Huang Li-yun and C.J. Lin)