cosmetics get all-clear

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 May, 2006, 12:00am

Cosmetic and personal care products containing polyacrylamide, or PAM - which is used to make the hazardous breast-boosting gel PAAG - pose no health risks, the Consumer Council said after studying such products.

PAM is added to cosmetic products as a stabiliser, foam builder, binder, film former, anti-static agent and hair fixative. It is also used in other applications, such as the treatment of drinking and waste water, oil recovery, fabric and paper processing and ore processing.

The council's deputy chief executive, Connie Lau Yin-hing, said these cosmetic products were for external use, but PAAG was injected into the body for breast augmentation.