ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul has said the government would launch crackdown against production, marketing and sale of injurious cosmetic products, particularly the whitening creams in the market after December.
She said the decision was taken on media complaints regarding the use of mercury in beauty creams as the main reason of skin infections and diseases among women.
Zartaj Gul said lab tests of whitening creams and soaps were conducted and four out of 14 soaps were found to be using mercury as an ingredient. Some international brands are also among the manufacturers using the injurious material in their cosmetic products. She said mercury was found in 57 out of 59 creams tested for this purpose.
The state minister had said the ministry would hold a workshop with skin experts and CEOs of the national and international brands to convince them for phasing out mercury from their products in accordance with the government’s compliance, before imposition of ban on marketing of such illegal products.
The government has no plan to close down the cosmetic industry rather, it has proper plan for abandoning the sub-standard products on one side and surviving the industry on the other side, she expressed.
Women are more obsessed with skin-whitening products, more because they are labelled wrongly in society for their dark complexion and they face much hurdle in finding a good match.