Pakistan to launch crackdown on fairness creams companies

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry for Climate Change has announced to launch a crackdown on companies selling fairness creams.

During a press conference, State Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir said her ministry was testing the ingredients used by the companies that manufacture and sell fairness creams.

The crackdown is aimed against companies using dangerous levels of mercury in their fairness creams as Pakistan is a member of the Minamata Convention on mercury.

The minister stressed that such companies selling cheap fairness creams are contributing to damage people’s skin.

She said the Ministry learnt that samples of only three of the 59 local and international fairness creams brands sent for testing followed international standards.

The remaining 56 brands were using dangerous levels of mercury in their fairness creams.

The ministry intends to take adequate action against such companies by December 31.

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