Rabat – Counterfeit versions of well-known make-up brands on sale in Morocco are being made from dangerous chemical substances, reported Moroccan daily newspaper, Assabah, on Thursday.
Morocco’s Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC) issued a warning to both importers and businesses about the trading and marketing of fake cosmetic products on sale in the Morocco.
According to the same source, the products affected include: perfumes, sunscreens, lightening creams, scrubs and shampoos. The tainted cosmetics are being marketed under the name of well-known international brands, like: L’Oréal, Nivea, Sephora and Johnson & Johnson.
The results of analytical tests carried out in a health monitoring center in France confirm the use of carcinogenic substances in these products. The center sent a copy of the data collected to Moroccan authorities in an attempt to stop the sale of these dangerous cosmetics.
Morocco’s National Center of Antipoison and Pharmacovigilance has received numerous complaints regarding these products, which have been sold in pharmacies with reductions of up to 70 percent off the original product price.