China concludes SK-II cosmetics safe, Japanese official says.
BEIJING, Oct. 24 Kyodo
China has declared that SK-II brand beauty products are safe, after concluding that trace amounts of two substances banned in China found in the items are unlikely to affect consumers' health, an official of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing said Tuesday.
The embassy official, who contacted China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said the quality control authorities agree that small amounts of the substances can find their way into items through the production process.
''The conclusion was that the amount found will not affect people's health,'' the official said.
State-owned China Central Television also reported Tuesday the authorities concluded that proper use of products containing trace amounts of the substances is unlikely to affect people's health.
No announcements were made on the websites of the quality authorities or China's Health Ministry.
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The Xinhua News Agency (Simplified Chinese: 新华社; Traditional Chinese: reported in September that Chinese authorities had found that 12 SK-II products imported from Japan contained chromium chromium (krō`mēəm) [Gr.,=color], metallic chemical element; symbol Cr; at. no. 24; at. wt. 51.996; m.p. about 1,857°C;; b.p. 2,672°C;; sp. gr. about 7.2 at 20°C;; valence +2, +3, +6. and neodymium.
The report prompted consumers to flock to department stores This is a list of department stores. In the case of department store groups the location of the flagship store is given. This list does not include large specialist stores, which sometimes resemble department stores. to return the products.
In response, the Japanese unit of U.S. consumer products group Procter & Gamble Co. said that while it does not see any quality problems, it is temporarily stopping sales of the SK-II products in mainland China, citing ''confusion among consumers.''
The cosmetics products do not violate Japanese government standards, and authorities in Hong Kong Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov. , Taiwan and Singapore had announced the products do not pose safety problems.