50 types of prohibited cosmetics seized in Dar

16Sep 2020
Felix Andrew
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
50 types of prohibited cosmetics seized in Dar

MORE than 50 types of banned cosmetics have been confiscated at various shops in Kinondoni municipality, Dar es Salaam region during an ongoing crackdown launched by officials from Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS).

Speaking during the exercise, a Quality Control officer and registrar of cosmetics products at TBS, Mboni Mwampeta said during the exercise they found a trader selling banned cosmetics which are harmful to users.

Citing she said during the inspection, they found a type of soap known as botuoer  which ingredients were not familiar.

“We have also found another trader selling cosmetics whose language is not supposed to be in the East African market. Languages which are supposed to be in products are Swahili, English or French but the said product was written in Arabic language, said Mwampeta.

The official said they found another trader producing local mixed lotion popularly known as ‘mkorogo’.

“Many customers might buy the lotion believing it is made by the factory but in actual fact it is from the shop.”

She asked sellers, importers and producers of cosmetics to register all imported products at TBS offices which local producers are required to obtain a mark of quality from the bureau.

“We also advise shop traders who buy goods from wholesalers to make sure that they do so from registered traders and avoid buying unregistered products which might bring them into trouble,” she said .

For his part the TBS Marketing Officer, Mussa Luhombero said they would continue with inspection warning  traders not to engage into the business since it endangers  users and costs the nation.

“We have focused on inspecting cosmetics and other products to ensure Tanzanians remain safe and consume approved goods,” he said.

He warned cosmetics traders to stop selling unauthorized products saying apart from such brands causing side effects to the users, they made them to incur unnecessary losses or face jail or heavy penalty.

Health experts say one of the most side effects of banned cosmetics is skin diseases and cancer to the users, who most of them are women.

The government organs have managed to control importation of the banned cosmetics, but there are some untrustworthy traders who continue the trade through unofficial routes (panya routes).

Speaking, a trader identified as Dorothy Kisaki, said they are not aware of the banned products, urging TBS officials to continue educating them.