LMHRA to Crackdown on Fake Cosmetics Importers

first_imgThe Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA) has announced a planned crackdown on importers of counterfeit cosmetics that have infiltrated the Liberian market.LMHRA Executive Director, David Sumo, said the Liberian market is now the latest focal point for the importation of fake cosmetics and if immediate actions are not taken the situation could overwhelm the country.This intervention is meant to support fair trade and genuine entrepreneurs. It will also promote the local cosmetics businesses that are struggling to make profits because the market is flooded with cheap imported cosmetics, Sumo said at a stakeholders meeting in Monrovia.The meeting was held on the theme: “LMHRA’s Quality Assurance Plan for Medicines and Health Products; the benefits for both business institutions and consumers, and the combat of substandard medicines and health products on our market.”Sumo said tough action will be taken against dealers in fake and substandard cosmetics in the country. “We need to prosecute these people because they are endangering the lives of the Liberian public.A number of products including colorants, preservatives, poisonous and mutation inducing substances, reproductive toxicants, skin lighteners and moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup, shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, toothpastes and deodorants, are being targeted.According to Sumo “no person shall manufacture, import, store, exhibit, sell or dispense cosmetics unless they meet requirements under this law.”Relating to the regulation and inspection of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics mean “any substances applied on the human body in order to enhance, change and impart a pleasant smell on the human body.”Attending the meeting were several owners of the country’s major pharmaceutical outlets as well as some importers.Many of the participants noted that tightening laws governing the sector promotes public health and supports genuine entrepreneurs.“It is important because it will help boost quality along value chain and make the sector more attractive to investors. However, these actions should also target counterfeit medicinal products.The participants, though some are not importers of cosmetics, said the pending action is a laudable one because it would tighten restrictions regarding the importation, distribution and trade of cosmetics in the country.Some of the participants also said the crackdown on counterfeits will help promote fair trade and competition among local industries.Those that are in the business of counterfeit cosmetics are hurting the world, even to the detriment of the lives of millions of people.For example, in Europe counterfeit generates 4.7 billion euros of direct losses annually for the European cosmetics industry, a UK based beauty website, HIOM, said.This amount represents 7.8% of total sales in the European Union’s cosmetics and personal care industry resulting in 50,000 job losses. Taking into account the effect on suppliers, revenue losses are up to 9.5 billion euros resulting in 80,000 jobs losses.In addition to direct revenue losses for brands, counterfeiters are putting consumers’ health at risk and generate major tax revenue losses (1.7 billion euros.), the website said.There has been a lot of public interest in herbal products in recent years with many manufacturers moving to tap the opportunities this market segment presents. However, investors struggle to break even because of counterfeits that have flooded the local market.LMHRA said the task at hand to differentiate between the real and the fake products is huge and even difficult for those in the field let alone mere consumers.He admonished participants to be sincere in their dealerships as their insincerity might be hurting another person.“Cosmetics must be free of toxic substances and should meet quality standards applicable in the country. Importers of cosmetics and dealers must therefore comply with guidelines to protect the public,” Sumo said. He added that his organization has already engaged security sector, especially the LNP, DEA and BIN, to help implement the actions.“For purposes of public health interest, any cosmetic ingredient that does not meet quality requirements is prohibited,” he said.“Therefore, no person shall manufacture, import, store, exhibit, sell or dispense cosmetics unless they meet requirements under the law,” he added. The manufacture, preparation, preservation or storage of these products under unsanitary conditions will not be allowed, warned Sumo.Some cosmetics that use ingredients that have been found to be harmful include Peau Claire and Fair and White, which contain 1.9 hydroquinone, Lait de beaute 72 heures containing polyethylene glycol, and Penetration enhancer used in many products, and are often contaminated with 1.4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both known carcinogens.Since the establishment of the LMHRA, Director Sumo has been combating the issue of counterfeit drugs on the Liberian market. He continually warns that the country is experiencing the proliferation of fake medicines on the market, posting serious threats to the health of Liberians.He blamed the situation on dishonest importers and the country’s porous borders—that are not adequately manned by security officials, some of whom, at times, compromise the interest of the country.Sumo says the issue of drugs importation was not only done by owners of private pharmacies, but institutions of government responsible for health-related matters. Some of these are in the habit of purchasing fake drugs through the procurement process introduced by the government.Mr. Sumo indicated that medicines ordered by the government should be thoroughly checked before being exposed to the market. He urged Liberians to be very careful about purchasing medicines, especially drugs that are sold across the counters.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Raphoe schoolgirls hoping to strike gold in Barcelona with ‘Clean Guard’ invention

first_imgThree Co Donegal schoolgirls are off to Barcelona later this month hoping their sports invention might just strike gold in more ways than one.Deele College pupils Ellie Barron, Saffron Porter and Stephanie Harper are already All-Ireland champs after their ‘Clean Guard’ product was named the best in the country in the Foroige Youth Entrepreneurship awards in May.The product is an ingenious way for sportspeople to keep mouth guards or gum shields clean, the holder containing a liquid sanitizer which kills 98 per cent of bacteria. Now the girls from the Raphoe school will represent Ireland in the European competition in Barcelona on November 22, 23 and 24.County Gaelic underage footballer Ellie Barron – joint captain as Donegal U16s won an Ulster A title last year – says the girls believe the European exposure to their product might help their product to go global.Deele College pupils Ellie Barron, Saffron Porter and Stephanie Harper with Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHughThey’ve already had the product endorsed by boxing champ Jason Quigley, Donegal Ladies and Marty Reilly.“We’re really looking forward to going to Barcelona now,” said Convoy teenager Ellie. “We were over the moon to represent Donegal in the Youth Entrepreneurship in Dublin in May and I have to say we were in total shock when we won the whole thing.“Now we’re looking forward to representing our country in Barcelona. It is an amazing opportunity for more people to see ‘Clean Guard’ – a great marketing opportunity and we are hoping to make connections there which would help sell the product in other countries.“So many sportspeople use mouth guards in so many different sports, from hockey to rugby to boxing and of course to gaelic football.”Saffron says the trip to Spain wouldn’t happen without the help of teacher Orla Gallagher and principal Joe Boyle.“We used our transition year well,” said Saffron. “Ms Gallagher gave us so much help throughout the year, as did the Business Department and the entire school community got behind us. It’s only sinking in now how well we have done. It would be wonderful to go a wee step further so we’ll see.”The girls travel with their teacher to Barcelona on November 21 for the three-day event which begins the next day.They say they are grateful to a number of local sponsors who’ve helped to pay for the trip including the Emerald Guitar Company, the County Seat, Creative Landscaping Workshop, Maguire’s Foodfare, Reillys Sportswear, Cherrymore Kitchens and the Convoy Community Playgroup.You can see the Clean Guard product here: https://www.facebook.com/CleanGuard1/ Raphoe schoolgirls hoping to strike gold in Barcelona with ‘Clean Guard’ invention was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Clean Guarddeele collegeRaphoelast_img read more

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Crop progress report shows corn leveling off, beans still going

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much of the State received higher than normal amounts of rain last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending June 16. Temperatures slumped nearly 6 degrees below normal. Corn and soybean planted progress increased but were still well behind their 5-year averages. Wheat began to mature and was rated 65 percent fair to good condition. There were reports of hay fields and pastures that were difficult or impossible to mow due to increased soil moisture levels. Operators making haylage found it easier to stay on schedule than those making dry hay. First cutting progress for alfalfa and other hay also lagged behind their 5-year averages. Oats planted progress crept to 91 percent while oats reached the headed stage slower than the 5-year average. From the national scene, USDA reports that 100% of corn is planted, likely indicating that no more planting will take place. Soybeans show 96% of acres planted across the country.The complete report is available here.last_img read more

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Use paper ballots for Assembly polls: NCP

first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jayant Patil on Monday dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State government to conduct the Assembly polls on ballot instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). “In Lok Sabha you (BJP) won a massive mandate. It is being said that you will win more than 220 Assembly seats. Everyone is wondering how you won. Therefore, I dare you to hold the next Assembly elections on ballot paper instead of machines,” Mr. Patil said while initiating the discussion on an Opposition’s resolution. “If the election is held on ballot paper, the government’s real popularity will be clear,” he said, prompting uproar from the ruling benches. BJP’s Baburao Pacharne raised the point of order claiming it was NCP leader Ajit Pawar who had discarded the EVM malfunction theory. Mr. Pawar replied saying in a democracy everyone is entitled to their views and Mr. Patil’s opinion cannot be judged from his own statement outside the House. Mr. Patil appealed to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to bring a resolution in the Assembly asking the Election Commission of India to hold elections on ballot paper. “Just like the act for Maratha reservation we will pass this resolution unanimously. It will show whom Maharashtra supports,” Mr Patil said.Earlier, Mr. Patil accused Mr. Fadnavis of aiding irregularities in the construction of Seven Eleven Hotel within the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation by cutting mangroves. “The hotel has been built by destroying mangroves and the permission letter has the CMs sign. The hotel has a partnership of BJP MLA Narendra Mehta’s brother,” Mr. Patil said.He also alleged that Darshan Developers, a company which extended donations to the BJP formed four shell companies and raised loan worth ₹2,000 crore without having any project.last_img read more

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