[ NEWS ] South Sudan bans skin bleaching products

[ Base on report from Radio Miraya@Facebook – 22 JAN 2019 ]


South Sudan’s Drugs and Food Control Authority (DFCA) has banned the importation of skin lightening creams, citing health hazards associated with the use of bleaching agents.

Announcing tha ban at a press conference in Juba on Monday, the Secretary-General of the South Sudan Food and Drug Control Authority, Mawien Atem Mawien said traders dealing in the importation of cosmetics are required to register for licenses.

Mawien Atem also cautioned consumers against buying cosmetics containing harmful chemicals.

“All the whitening creams that is to say the bleaching creams are prohibited for import without any approval from the drug and food control authority those that are actually of particular interest here are the creams that contains mercury and hydroquinone because these two products mercury and hydroquinone they are very important chemicals which must have to be used only through prescription”

The development comes a few days after Rwanda announced a similar ban on skin lightening and bleaching products.

Most skin bleaching are harmful and contain poisonous chemicals such as mercury and many other chemicals, and skin bleaching has been widely associated with skin cancer and other diseases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 4 in every 10 African women bleach their skin.

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