City businesswoman, Prossy Namwanje Maria, the proprietor of Sure Deal has been fined shs30m for applying UNBS Q Mark on products without permit and Possessing for sale, non-conforming cosmetics.
This was after she pleaded guilty to five counts ranging from using the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Quality Mark without permission and being in possession of commodities that do not conform to compulsory standards.
A brief statement issued on the UNBS Facebook page on Friday confirms that was fined shs30m.
“She was fined for selling some products that contained hydroquinone. Her other products do not contain the chemical and are safe for use,” the statement says.
According to details of the case, on February 2, 2018 at Sure Deal Beauty Centre, Mini Price in Kampala, Ms Namwanje illegally applied the UNBS Quality without permission on cosmetics weighing over 1,595kg and containing hydroquinone – a substance that is prohibited as its dangerous to the human skin.
Hydroquinone is a depigmenting agent used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as freckles, age spots, chloasma, and melisma caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medicine, or injury to the skin. Hydroquinone decreases the formation of melaninin the skin. Melanin is the pigment in skin that gives it a brown color
The British Cancer Journal published a study that linked very high doses of hydroquinone to cancer in mice. A second study found similar results. Subsequently, hydroquinone was banned in Europe, Australia and parts of Asia and Africa.