The Food and Drug Administration has warned of a skin care product named “Health & Beauty Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay” because it contains a high percentage of bacteria and arsenic.
The authority explained that it analyzed samples of beauty products for skin care circulating in the local markets to ensure their safety, and the results of the analysis showed that the Health & Beauty Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay product contained a high percentage of bacteria that exceeded the maximum permissible limit, in addition to its high content of substance Arsenic exceeded the permissible limit as an impurity in the regulation of safety requirements for cosmetics and personal care No. SFDA.CO/GSO 1943: 2016, indicating that exposure to high levels of bacteria and arsenic may cause health risks to the consumer. “The Authority” indicated that the product bears the name “Health & Beauty Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay”, batch number (10-2020P) and expiration date 10/2022, produced by Aztec Secret Health & Beauty, LTD.
The “Food and Drug Administration” indicated that bacteria are present in beauty products for several reasons, including failure to follow the principles of good manufacturing during the product manufacturing and packaging stage, or because the product is stored in inappropriate conditions and environment. Contamination of cosmetic products with bacteria is not permissible unless if The contamination was from the type of harmless bacteria and in a percentage not exceeding the permissible limit. Exposure to high levels of bacteria may pose health risks to the consumer.
The “Authority” indicated that prolonged exposure of the body to the mineral arsenic leads to accumulation in the skin, hair and nails, and can lead to dermatitis, hyperpigmentation and loss of appetite, as well as may lead to more serious symptoms, which increase the longer the exposure period. She advised consumers not to use the product and get rid of the samples they have from it, stressing the importance of purchasing products from reliable sources through which the source of the product can be traced. It pointed out that it is taking the necessary measures in coordination with the competent authorities to follow up the withdrawal of the product from the market, preventing its entry, and taking the legal measures against violators.