To all makeup enthusiasts out there, you might want to filter through your makeup kit after reading this!
Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety recently revealed that a total of 13 products sold by notable cosmetic brands produced by a local original design manufacturer (ODM) were found to contain excessive amounts of toxic ingredients, The Investor reported.
ODM cosmetic maker Hwasung Cosmetic was found guilty of producing products of several cosmetic brands with antimony above the permissible level of 10 micrograms per gram as set by Korean regulators. Antimony is a heavy metal substance that can cause conditions like eye irritation and gastrointestinal disorder.
The ministry has suspended the sales of the 13 cosmetics products sold at eight companies and ordered a recall on March 19.
The companies involved include Aritaum, Etude House, Makeheal, XTM Style Homme, Black Monster, SKEDA, Skinfood and 3CE, Oriental Daily reported. Surely you’ll recognise some of the names listed above.
AmorePacific Corporation, South Korea’s beauty giant and home to brands such as Etude House, Aritaum, innisfree and Laniege has released a statement regarding the incident.
“We apologize for the incident, we should have put all our focus on quality assurance. We will do our best to prevent similar cases from happening again. Customers who have products on the recall list can visit Aritaum or Etude House stores to get the products exchanged or refunded,” said Amorepacific as quoted by Asia One.
Here’s the list of banned products by the companies involved:
- Full Cover Stick Concealer 2g (#01 LightBeige & #02 Natural Beige)
- Full Cover Cream Concealer 2.5g (#01 Light Beige & Natural Beige & #02 Olive Green & Pink)
- AC Clean-Up Mild Concealer
- Drawing Eyebrow Duo (#03 Gray Brown)
XTM Style Homme
- For Men Easy Stick Concealer 2.2g
- Black Erasing Pen 2.2g Men Face Concealer
- Homme Spot Concealer
- Cherry Full Lip Liner (Rose Cherry)
- Slim Eyebrow Pencil (Chestnut Brown)
- Naked Slip Brow Pencil BR0203
- Naked Slip Brow Pencil YL0801
If you use any of these cosmetic products or know someone who uses it, do remember to spread the word!
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