FDA Advisory No. 2018-038
Public Health Warning Against the Use of Cosmetic Products Containing Banned Ingredient/s (Batch 2)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises the public against the purchase and use of the adulterated cosmetic product ASHLEY SHINE EFFECT LIP STICK (165) which tested positive for the presence of RHODAMINE B, ingredient that are not allowed to be part of a cosmetic as per Annex II Part 1 of the Asean Cosmetic Directive (refer to the image below for the product particulars/details):
Guangdong Hengfang Biotechnology Co., Ltd.
Hengfang Industrial Bldg., Huanmei Rd. Xiashan, Shantou, China
Local Company Responsible for Placing the Product in the Market:
Shawill Corp. Philippines
Unit 1402 Building, Binondo, Manila
Country of Manufacture:
Lot/Batch Number: 160330A
Manufacture/Expiry date: 2020.03
Rhodamine B is a fluorescent dye used as a tracer in water and air flow studies, and in molecular and cell biology studies. It presents as a red to violet powder. It has been shown to be carcinogenic in mammalian models.
Accordingly, because these products are not compliant with the existing standards, consumers should be vigilant against their purchase and use. The use of these products can pose potential health hazards to the consuming public and may result to adverse reactions.
In light of the above, the public is advised not to purchase the aforementioned violative products. Moreover, the public is also advised to be vigilant against cosmetic products that might not be duly notified with FDA. Always check if a cosmetic product has been notified with FDA before purchasing it by making use of the embedded Search feature of the FDA website accessible at www.fda.gov.ph.
All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute the above-identified violative cosmetic products, otherwise, regulatory actions and sanctions shall be strictly pursued.
All Local Government Units (LGUs) and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are requested to ensure that these products are not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction.
Dissemination of the information to all concerned is requested.