NAFDAC Sends Warning to Nigerians as Popular Beauty Lotion Gets Rejected in Europe

NAFDAC Sends Warning to Nigerians as Popular Beauty Lotion Gets Rejected in Europe

  • NAFDAC said a popular Nigerian-made skin-lightening cream was rejected by European regulators
  • The product was rejected due to its high concentration of Kojic Acid an ingredient made for the cream
  • The agency has promised intensified efforts to monitor and regulate local beauty product manufacturing

The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has issued a warning to Nigerians regarding the recall of Caro White Skin Lightening Beauty Lotion from Europe.

In a statement published on its website, NAFDAC warned that the product does not comply with cosmetic product regulations.

NAFDAC warns Nigerians about beauty product
NAFDAC issues public notification on beauty products. Photo credit: NAFDAC
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NAFDAC explained that the product was rejected due to high concentration of Kojic Acid.

The agency explained that the Kojic Acid surpassed the allowable maximum concentration of 1%.

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The statement reads:

“The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation as it is said to contain high concentration of Kojic Acid above the allowable maximum concentration of one per cent as concluded by the EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).
“High concentration of Kojic Acid is associated with potential endocrine disrupting properties."

Listing the product details, NAFDAC listed its producers as unknown, Batch Number: LB2.1790.B and Barcode: 6181100538892.

NAFDAC added:

"Although the product is not in NAFDAC database, importers, distributors, retailers and consumers are advised to exercise caution and vigilance within the supply chain to avoid the importation, distribution, sale and use of the above mentioned product.
“The product authenticity and physical condition should be carefully checked. Members of the public in possession of the product should discontinue sale or use and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office."

NAFDA also wants healthcare professionals and consumers to report adverse effects experienced with the use of the product to the agency.

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The alert continues:

“Healthcare professionals and consumers are encouraged to report adverse events experienced with the use of the product to the nearest NAFDAC office, via pharmacovigilance@nafdac.gov.ng, E-reporting platforms available at www.nafdac.gov.ng or via the Med- safety application for download on android and IOS stores."

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In related news, Legit.ng reported that the widely patronised and burgeoning water industry was flooded with substandard products, putting many Nigerians in danger.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) stated that the packaged water industry is a multi-billion naira business that the agency takes seriously, not only because of the economic benefits but also due to its health importance.

According to NAFDAC, hundreds of water manufacturing factories are registered annually while it tries to curb the production of substandard packaged water.

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