Makeup and other cosmetics are among the illegal substances that have flooded the Kenyan beauty industry, prompting widespread public warnings against their use.
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) issued a warning, pointing out that many of the hazardous products come from countries bordering Kenya.
As part of Friday, October 14’s celebration of World Standards Day, KEBS managing director Bernard Njiraini urged Kenyans to be vigilant in monitoring such products.
He also voiced worry about the cluelessness with which Kenyans use these cosmetics.
Njiriani was also shocked to find out that banned cosmetics are still available for purchase, which he saw as a warning sign that some loopholes needed to be closed.
The bleaching (products) containing mercury, hydroquinone, and other dangerous components are more popular, he lamented, and people choose to use them nonetheless.
The potentially hazardous products are linked to a variety of skin diseases including cancer.
Njiraini stressed during the meeting the need of raising standards for goods supplied in the nation.