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Fake Body Creams Are Epidemic in Nigeria

November 22, 2005

NIGERIA: Banned and counterfeit body care products are plaguing the Nigerian market and are even hawked openly by vendors, according to reports. Some creams are also being fraudulently re-labeled once they’re past their expiration dates. A recent Consumer Watch survey revealed that there are many counterfeit versions of such creams as Landers lotion, Skin Fair lotion, First Class Lady, All 3-in-one Action cream, KJ Choice body cream and Pocabana, among others. Some have been banned outright by NAFDAC due to research showing they contain high percentages of bleaching agents such as hydroquinone, mercury and corticosteroid.
Experts are advising Nigerian customers to shun any body cream with incomplete, fading labels or some percentage of bleaching agents not permitted in creams by the regulatory authorities, according to the survey.
In addition, Consumer Watch urged that the Cosmetic Manufacturers and Ethics Association of Nigeria (COSMEAN), NAFDAC and health care providers work in tandem to mitigate the negative impact the banned and fake body creams have on customers.
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