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Ministry bans cosmetics containing ingredients of human origin

Update: March, 13/2015 - 13:50


Authorities inspect cosmetics being sold in the market. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet

HA NOI (VNS) — The health ministry's drug administration of Viet Nam has banned firms or individuals from producing and selling cosmetics containing ingredients of human origin.

Deputy head of the administration Nguyen Viet Hung said that the ban came after a variety of cosmetics, now on sale online, were advertised as having ingredients extracted from human placenta or produced by stem-cell technology.

According to the administration's official document No 4555 issued yesterday, the use of all human-origin ingredients in cosmetics is banned. The administration has not issued distribution permits to cosmetics extracted from the human placenta or produced by stem-cell technology. It has ordered health departments of cities and provinces to actively work with authorised agencies to inspect and deal with those who produce and sell cosmetics containing banned ingredients.

The health departments have to send reports of violations to the health ministry by April 15, following which the reports will be made public via mass media to warn customers. — VNS

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