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City watchdog keeps eye on nail polish

SHANGHAI'S Food and Drug Administration is keeping an eye on the local nail polish market after harmful chemicals were found in products in Hong Kong, officials said yesterday.

The Hong Kong Consumer Council tested 42 brands for heavy metals, solvents and chemicals. Benzene, a known carcinogen, was found in the products of three brands. One brand, South Korea-based Skin Food, is available in Shanghai.

But yesterday its franchised outlets in the city said the products sold in Shanghai were a different batch to those in Hong Kong.

Skin Food has four franchised stores in Shanghai and two types of the Skin Food products in question were on sale at the company's store in the Cloud Nine Shopping Mall in Changning District yesterday - Jojoba Pure Nail PK004 and its Milk Creamy Nail Base Coat.

An official at the store, who declined to be named, said she was aware of the Hong Kong news but said all the products sold on the Chinese mainland had passed authorities' inspections.

The company's Shanghai office could not be reached for comment.

Gu Zhenhua, an official with the Shanghai FDA, said benzene was strictly banned from cosmetics.

"If the affair is confirmed on the Chinese mainland, we'll carry out inspections in Shanghai," he said.


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