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Cosmetic Products Containing Hydroquinone Are Harmful – FDA Warns

The Food and Drugs Authority
(FDA) has warned against the use of cosmetic products which contains
hydroquinone.

Speaking at a press briefing
in Sunyani on Tuesday, the Head of Cosmetics and Household Chemical Substance
Department at the FDA, Mr. Emmanuel Nkrumah stated that the directive on zero
percent hydroquinone in cosmetic products came into effect in 2006 (GS
227:2-2006) by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA).
He divulged that the use of
cosmetic products containing hydroquinone can lead to kidney, liver diseases,
skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma), skin thinning, exogenous ochronics
(Nensuoben), bad body odour, stretch marks, infections—and has also been linked
to some cases of diabetes and hypertension.
Mr. Emmanuel Nkrumah
explained that such products are being abused and it is now necessary for the authority
to eliminate it from the market.
“FDA has not banned
hydroquinone…it is not supposed to be in cosmetic products…that’s per the
country’s standard. There is the need to put a stop to it due to how it’s
abused. It cannot be in cosmetic products, but it can be registered as a
medicine,” he clarified.
Restriction of Alcoholic Beverages Advertisements
The Public Relations Officer
of the Food and Drugs Authority, Mr. James Lartey stated that the restriction
on the timing of the advertisement of alcoholic products is a good public
intervention which is aimed at protecting the health of the entire population.
“The Food and Drugs Authority
(FDA) is enforcing the restricted time of the airing advertisements of alcoholic
beverages on radio and television, which from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. The
enforcement took effect from 1st January 2018.
“The restricted time for the
advertisements of alcoholic products, including Live Presenter Mentions (LPMs)
on television and radio, is in accordance with the FDA’s guidelines for the
Advertisements on Foods (Section 3.2.6),” he stipulated.
“The excessive broadcasting
of alcoholic beverage advertisements outside the time allocated as provided for
in the FDA’s Food Advertisements Guidelines, is therefore leading to extensive
exposure of the product to persons below the legal age of drinking and this
would potentially promote excessive drinking among children and the youth,” Mr.
James Lartey added.
He therefore called on the
media, advertisers, manufactures and importers of alcoholic beverages to adhere
to the restricted time.

He further stated that
failure to comply with the directive may lead to further regulatory actions
being taken against them in pursuance to provisions of the Public Health Act
2012, Act 851.    

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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