Mainland authorities have given the all-clear to the upmarket SK-II line of beauty products, saying trace amounts of two banned substances are not a threat to consumers' health if the products are used properly. Proctor & Gamble pulled its SK-II products from mainland stores last month after quality inspection authorities said chromium and neodymium were detected in 12 SK-II products imported from Japan. Reports linked the chemicals to skin diseases and even lung and liver damage, prompting angry consumers to inundate SK-II outlets, demanding refunds. Police were called in to restore order in Shanghai when hundreds of angry customers smashed doors to file their refund requests. Some reports also said China had issued a letter to the Japanese embassy in Beijing demanding tougher regulation of cosmetic products exported to China. But China Central Television reported yesterday that the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Ministry of Health had announced that the proper use of cosmetic products containing trace amounts of the chemicals would not hurt customers' health. The report said sales of the SK-II products could resume on the mainland. SK-II spokeswoman Liang Yun said the company had suffered huge losses and local media were responsible for exaggerated reporting of the issue. 'We are thankful for the clarification by relevant authoritative government organisations regarding SK-II product safety. But recent reports did affect our sales and reputation.' Ms Liang said the decision to temporarily halt sales was not made under government pressure or because the company believed the products were dangerous, but simply to ease consumer concerns. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine could not be reached for comment yesterday.