Consumer Council issues warning on two eyeshadow products

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 September, 2012, 1:04pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Consumers should stop using two eyeshadow products that contain excessive levels of lead and bacteria, the Consumer Council warned on Monday.

Testing by the council found that one product, VOV Eyeshadow Soft-light Shine, had a lead content of 400 parts per million (ppm) – far above the 40ppm safety limit set by the Mainland Hygienic Standard for Cosmetics, the council said.

The excessive lead could harm consumers’ nervous systems and kidney functions, said Philip Leung Kwong-hon, vice-chairman of the council’s publicity and community relations committee.

The consumer watchdog tested 41 kinds of eyeshadow, including 33 single-colour and eight multi-colour products – with retail prices ranging from HK$10 to HK$260.

A second eyeshadow, Beauty Tech Eye Colour, exceeded the mainland’s limit on bacteria content, the tests found. The Guangzhou-made product had an aerobic bacterial count of 820 colony-forming units per gram (CFU/g), which exceeds the mainland limit of 500 CFU/g.

Retailers of the lead-contaminated eyeshadow have stopped selling the product and other items under the same brand. Retailers of the bacteria-tainted product have reported the finding to the manufacturer and stopped buying any of its products, the council reported.

The consumer council said the test results have been passed to the Customs and Excise Department for follow-up action.