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Poisonous cosmetics warning
A Bradford councillor has issued a strong warning after cosmetic products containing up to 70 per cent lead – a prohibited ingredient for use in cosmetics – removed from sale in a shop in the Harehills area of Leeds.
Following a lead poisoning incident, Leeds Environmental Health services identified the trader and that the suspected cause of the lead poisoning was from a cosmetic product. Officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service visited the business and found 15 ‘Hashmi Surma Special’ products on sale. These items and five other suspicious products were seized by West Yorkshire Trading Standards and tested, the results showing they contained lead.
Bradford Councillor Val Slater, chairman of the Trading Standards Committee, said: “If anyone has any concerns over the safety of cosmetics, they should call the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506.”