Published: Tuesday 10 April, 2018

FDA Warns of Banned Korean Makeup Products Due to High Antimony Content

Korean cosmetic products from Etude House, XTM Style Homme, Aritaum, Skeda, Black Monster, etc. are on the alert list of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines. This after some cosmetic products of the said brands were banned in South Korea due to high antimony content.

According to the FDA advisory, antimony “is a heavy metal found naturally in the environment which has been proven to cause adverse health effects in humans. Exposure to the metal can result to damages to the lung, heart muscle and liver.”

Symptoms of antimony toxicity include skin irritation, headache, nausea, vomiting, insomnia and abdominal pain among others. The public has been advised to seek medical attention if they exhibit such symptoms following the use of the banned Korean makeup products.

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In connection to the ban and recall order issued by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), South Korea against the following cosmetic products for having been verified to contain dangerous levels of antimony, according to the FDA.

Banned Korean Makeup Products

  1. Aritaum Full Cover Stick Concealer (#1 Light Beige) [Batch No: AAH; Exp. Date: 2021.01.12; Batch No: BAH; Exp. Date: 2021.01.30;
    Batch No: CBH; Exp. Date: 2021.02.11];
  2. Aritaum Full Cover Stick Concealer (#2 Natural Beige) [Batch No: ELG; Exp. Date: 2020.12.17];
  3. Aritaum Full Cover Cream Concealer (#1 Light Beige & Natural Beige) [Batch No: GLG; Exp. Date: 2020. 12. 14 Batch No: AAH; Exp. Date: 2021. 01. 30];
  4. Aritaum Full Cover Cream Concealer (#2 Olive Green & Pink) [Batch No: AAH; Exp. Date: 2021. 01. 14];
  5. Etude House AC Clean Up Mild Concealer [Batch No: AAH; Exp. Date: 2021.01.08];
  6. Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Duo (#3 Gray Brown) [Batch No: GLG; Exp. Date: 2020.12.17];
  7. XTM Style Homme For Men Easy Stick Concealer (No information available);
  8. Black Monster Homme Black Erasing Pen (No information available);
  9. Skeda Homme Spot Concealer (No information available);
  10. Skinfood Cherry Full Lip Liner (Rose Cherry) (No information available);
  11. 3CE Slim Eyebrow Pencil (Chestnut Brown) (No information available);
  12. Makeheal Naked Slim Brown Pencil Br0203 (No information available);
  13. Makeheal Naked Slim Brown Pencil Yl0801 (No information available).
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The FDA added that the listed products are not registered for distribution in the country. 

The public is also enjoined to report the sale and distrubution of the banned cosmetics to the authorities as soon as possible.