Natural skin lighteners are growing in popularity.
According to China Daily, six out of eight popular brands of spirulina products sampled in March from drug stores, supermarkets and shopping centers in several major cities of China were tested and found to contain excessive levels of lead. The article claimed that substandard spirulina powder was the cause. According to reports, some certification agencies helped the manufacturers obtain official permits for their unqualified products by fabrication and bribery.
The study has again raised public concerns over current officials’ lax supervision of the nutraceutical market. These concerns are expected to make regulators issue even tougher rules under the Regulation on Supervision and Administration of Functional (Health), which will be issued by the Sino FDA this month. These regulations will cover both functional/health foods and supplements. Apart from scaling back the function claims producers are allowed to make, the regulation is intended to raise industry standards, and simplify the application processes, as well as strengthen penalties against illegal activities.
Ally Dai is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Ringier Trade Media Ltd, responsible for trade publications including Happi China. She has more than 10 years of experience in the cosmetic and food industries. Happi China is a leading media for the China household & personal care industry. Published by Ringier Trade Media in strategic editorial partnership with Happi, it helps local manufacturers update their knowledge on formulating, testing and packaging, as well as providing market insight.