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Barking and Dagenham Council issue warning about cosmetics containing banned chemical

PUBLISHED: 06:30 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:35 28 December 2017

Cllr Laila Butt is Barking and Dagenham Council’s cabinet member for enforcement and community safety. Picture credit: LBBD.

Cllr Laila Butt is Barking and Dagenham Council's cabinet member for enforcement and community safety. Picture credit: LBBD.

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Bargain hunters are being warned of the dangers of buying cosmetics containing a banned chemical during the post-Christmas sales.

Preservative Methylisothiazolinone, commonly known as MI, was banned from being used in ‘leave on’ cosmetics in February after safety concerns.

It can trigger rashes and swelling, and is still being used in a wide range of everyday cosmetics, including makeup, moisturisers, shampoos, shower gels and baby wipes.

Doctors first issued an alert over MI when one in ten eczema patients at a hospital skin clinic were allergic to the preservative.

Cllr Laila Butt, Barking and Dagenham Council’s cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “For your own safety double-check that goods comply with trading standards regulations.”

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