100,000 sachets  of black henna past  sell-by date seized

by Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) yesterday took into custody over 100,000 sachets of black henna past date of expiry at Grandpass area.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Co-operative International Trade (Co-OIT), Nipun Ekanayake said that henna which was of a different brand had been repacked. There were also 15,000 tubes of lipsticks, over 1000 types of creams and 1,500 other cosmetics which included body sprays, colognes and perfumes.

The total value of the cosmetics taken into custody during the raids carried out by the CAA was over Rs. 13 million. They were all packed and ready for the market, he said.

The raids were carried out by the CAA on information given by the Colombo North Police.

The spokesman said that the use of cosmetic items past their shelf life was harmful to humans and could cause allergies and other complications. The Ministry warned that it would take legal action against those responsible for retailing such products to unsuspecting consumers.

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