KEBS issues warning on harmful beauty products.
The Kenya bereau of stsndards, KEBS issues warning on harmful and substandard cosmetics, that are being sold in the Kenyan market.
KEBS stated that they have come to a realization that the banned bleaching products have somehow, made their way back to the market.
KEBS managing, Njiraini said that this products are coming from neighboring countries, but from porous borders without being noticed.
Njiraini stated,”We have seen products that we have banned are also quite preferred by the people, they prefer the bleaching (products) that contain mercury, hydroquinone and such. Some of them are not coming into the country through the normal border entry points, they come through porous borders carried by people who travel to neighbouring countries.”
According to statistics, the usage and importation of make up in Kenya, surpassed the 20 billion mark last year.
Njiraini also stated with alot of concern, that construction materials imported to the country are sub standard.
He revealed that the Kenya bereau of standards is keeping a close watch on the importation of this materials to ban them from the market.
Njiraini said,”We are also paying keen attention to some hardware items including construction materials such as reinforcing bars because of the critical role they play in ensuring buildings stand strong. We have seen a number of products in this (construction) area, which since they come as pre-painted, the zinc coating thickness sometimes does not meet the required standards.”