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Safety alert: Baby powder products containing asbestos 2009-04-09

 

[Consumer safety alert]

Safety alert: Baby powder products containing asbestos  

 

The Korea Food and Drug Administration detected asbestos, category-1 carcinogenic substance, in 12 baby powder products on the market from eight companies and banned the sales of those products and ordered an immediate recall.   

In this regard, at the KFDA’s request, the Korea Consumer Agency (President Myung-hee Park, www.kca.go.kr) issued a consumer safety alert including providing information on asbestos-detected baby powder talc on the market and urging not to purchase baby powder products that are banned from sale and distribution.

Inappropriate items (12 tainted products including one raw material product)

 o The KFDA collected 30 kinds of baby powder talc products(including raw material) to conduct a test and found that some of the products contained the deadly substance. The state-run institution called for an immediate recall of asbestos-detected products as in the following:   

Company

Product

Location

Daebong LS

Allo and Lugh Baby Compact Powder

Inchon

Duksan Pure Chemicals

Duksan Talc (raw material)

Gyeonggi-do

Rakhee Pharm

Rakhee Baby Powder

Gyeonggi-do

Sung Kwang Pharm

Cutiemaman Baby Powder

Gyeonggi-do

UCL

Babyra Baby Compact Powder

Incheon

Babyra Baby Powder

Boryung Medience

Boryung NUK Baby Powder

Gyeonggi-do

Boryung NUK Baby Colored Compact Powder

Boryung NUK Baby Compact Powder

Boryung NUK Clinic Baby Powder

Korea Monica Pharm

Monica Baby Powder

North Chungcheong

Korea Kolmar

La Couvee Baby Powder

South Chungcheong


o The toxic material contamination is presumably occurred in the manufacturing process that failed to get rid of asbestine form fibers in talc (a mineral that can contain asbestos), the main raw material of baby powder products.

※Talc is a mineral that are used for diversified usage from medicines, cosmetics, lagging, and fire-proofing.  

 

How harmful is asbestos 

o Aforementioned, talc is a mineral with strong insulating and enduring capability and is used for insulating, lagging, and fire-proofing materials.

o According to an evaluation report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (the IARC), asbestos is classified as Group 1 in terms of carcinogen rating. Asbestos is known to cause lung cancer or malignant mesothelioma.

o In Korea, the Occupational Safety and Health Act bans manufacturing, import, and use of products containing more than 0.1% asbestos.

 

Directions for consumers

o Consumers who are using or keeping asbestos-containing baby powder products are advised to stop the use immediately and dispose them or return the products to stores where those products are purchased.

o Consumers, who come to know the existence of asbestos in baby powder products, are advised to report the fact to the KFDA. 

 

Supplementary coverage

Hae-gak Lee, Head of Food & Pharmaceutical Safety Team of Consumer Safety Bureau (☎ 02-3460-3411)

Ji-min Park, Manager of Food & Pharmaceutical Safety Team of Consumer Safety Bureau (☎ 02-3460-3417)

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