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Cosmetics side effects get scrutiny

PEOPLE who suspect they are suffering side effects from cosmetics can go to seven designated hospitals for precise diagnosis and treatment starting next year.

These hospitals will be the vanguard of the city's cosmetics safety-monitoring sites. Several leading brands, such as L'Oreal, Estee Lauder and Shiseido, are included in the monitoring, according to the Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

The hospitals lie in different downtown districts, including Huashan Hospital and Xuhui District Central Hospital.

The most common cosmetics side effects are contact dermatitis, which causes severe itching; redness and swelling; and blisters.

Consumers will get tips if they are allergic to certain types of cosmetics, and unqualified products will be reported to authorities, officials said. Consumers are also encouraged to report side effects to the FDA, officials said.

The FDA said more than 1,000 cases of cosmetics side effects are reported in the city every year, and the monitoring will help build a risk-assessment system for cosmetics.

Officials said cosmetics do not get proper regulation and flaws exist in their routine inspection and testing.


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