The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) today states that it has identified harmful substances in a number of counterfeit cosmetics intended for the Irish market. It is advising consumers to be vigilant of counterfeit ‘high end’ beauty products being offered for sale through certain outlets, markets and websites in the lead up to Christmas. Tests carried out by the HPRA on a number of these counterfeit products has found that some contained harmful substances, such as, arsenic and lead which can be potentially harmful to people’s health. Among the counterfeit products identified are luxury make-up brands including MAC, Urban Decay and Benefit. The HPRA warns that the Christmas season is the peak time of the year for rogue sellers of counterfeit products and shoppers are strongly urged to avoid these potentially harmful products.
HPRA Press Release
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