UNBS Impounds Banned Skin Products

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However, Cartons of carol light, top Claire plus, Tamarin, Peau-Claire and cocoderm creams and lotions, are still on display at shops in the suburbs of Kamwokya, Wandegeya, Ntinda and part of Kikuubo in down town Kampala.

Several suppliers of skin and beauty products in Kampala have been put out of business as the Uganda National Bureau of Standards enforces a ban on beauty products with mercury and hydroquinone.

UNBS had issued a three month ultimatum from March 2016, for traders to dispose off over 100 different types of cosmetics over health reasons. They include 98 creams, 30 lotions and over 20 soap brands.

The World Health Organisation says that mercury, a key ingredient in most of the products, causes kidney damage, skin damage, and rash and reduces the skins ability to resist bacterial and fungal infections.

WHO adds that the other ingredient; Hydroquinone is linked to cancer, organ system toxicity and, respiratory tract irritation.

But despite the ban and numerous health warnings, the products remained on sale in shops across Kampala. Until now, Cartons of carol light, top Claire plus, Tamarin, Peau-Claire and cocoderm creams and lotions, are still on display at shops in the suburbs of Kamwokya, Wandegeya, Ntinda and part of Kikuubo in down town Kampala.

Some shop attendant's told URN that they are not aware of the ultimatum and do not have a list of the banned items. But Uganda National Bureau of Standards -UNBS says it's making impromptu operations to the business centres since the ban came into effect two weeks ago.

Vincent Ochwo, the UNBS head of surveillance says operations have mainly focused on Kikuubo trading center because they are the main suppliers. He says the operations will continue until the rid the market off these products.

A walk through mid-city arcade in Kampala found a number of shops had been closed for selling the skin lightening products. Up to fifteen wholesale shops were closed down yesterday during a joint operation conducted by UNBS and Uganda Revenue Authority.

Joyce Nekesa, a dealer in beauty products says the ban may not be effective since the products are still on demand.

James Makumbi, the chairperson of traders in Kikuubo questions why the products are not impounded before entering the Ugandan market.
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Traders that URN spoke to questioned why government agencies are focusing on products with hydroquinone and mercury as opposed to fake products on the market.

List of Prohibited Cosmetic Products Containing Hydroquinone Creams

Maxi Claire beauty cream,  Rapid White, Caro Light, Carro, Djarabi, Clairmen., Skin light, Caro Liss, Citro Light, Top clair plu, L'abidjanaise, MekakO, Bio 21 Jours, Cocoderm, Rico, Maxi light, Pure White, Princess, C & G, Extra Toning, Butone, Carotone, Sivo Clair, Extra Cream, Yes To, Rejuvenating Cream, Mic, Touch and Clear, Caro skin.

Viva Super Lemon, Ultra Skin Tone, Ikb Medicated Cream, Princess Patra Luxury Complexion Cream, Fade - Out, Crusader Skin Toning Cream, Envi Skin Toner, Palmer`s Skin Success (pack), Tura Bright & Even Cream, Zarina Medicated Skin Lightener, Fair & white Active Lightening, Claire Cream, Ambi Special Complexion,  Fair & White Whitening, Miki Beauty Cream,  Lolane Cream, Fair & White Strong Bleaching Treatment Cream.

Peau Claire Crème Eclaircissante,  Glotone Complexion Cream, Fair & white Body Clearing milk, Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk, Nindola Cream, Maxi - Tone fade, Tura Skin Toning Cream, Tonight Night Beauty Cream, Nadinola Fade, Madonna Medicated Beauty, Fulani Cream Eclaircissante Cream, Clear Essence Medicated fade, Mrembo Medicated Beauty Cream, Clere Lemon Cream, Ultra Skin Tone, Shirley Cream, Clere Extra Cream, Fade - Out, Kiss - Medicated Beauty Cream, Binti Jambo Cream, Palmer`s Skin Success (pack), UNO21 Cream,  Malaika Medicated Beauty Cream, Fair & white Active Lightening, Crusader Ultra Brand Cream.

Dear Heart with Hydroquinone Cream, Fair & White Whitening, Ultime Skin Lightening Cream, Nish Medicated Cream, Fair & White Strong Bleaching Treatment Cream, Rico Skin Tone Cream, Island Beauty Skin Fade Cream, Fair & white Body Clearing milk, Baraka Skin Lightening Cream,.

Malibu Medicated Cream, Maxi - Tone fade, Fairlady Skin Lightening Cream, A3 Tripple action Cream Pearl Light, Nadinola Fade, Immediat Claire Lightening Body Cream, Elegance Skin Lightening Cream, Symba crème Skin Lite 'N' Smooth, Mr. Clere Cream, Cleartone Skin Toning Cream, No Mark Cream, Clear Touch Cream, Ambi Extra Complexion Cream for men, Crusader Ultra Brand Cream, Cleartone Extra Skin Toning Cream, Ultime Skin Lightening Cream, O`Nyi Skin Crème, Rico Skin Tone Cream

Tamarin, Camee, Extra Clair lightening Body Lotion, Yes To, White Express, Precieux Treatment Beauty Lotion, Jaribu Skin Lightening Lotion, Clear Touch Lotion, Super Max - Tone Lotion, Caroderm, Shiny, Amira Skin Lightening lotion, L'abidjanaise, Meti'ce, A3 Cleartouch Complexion Lotion, Djarabi, Beauty oil Abana.

A3 Lemon Skin Lightening Lotion, Caroliss, Peau Claire Body, Extra Clair lightening Body Lotion, Caro Top lotion, Reine Clair Rico Super Body, Precieux Treatment Beauty Lotion, Top lemon, Immediate Claire Maxi - Beauty, Amira Skin Lightening lotion, Bio liss, Tura Lotion, A3 Cleartouch Complexion Lotion, Maxi Claire, Sivoclair lightening Body Lotion, Kiss Lotion, Princess Lotion, Jaribu Skin Lightening Lotion.


Uniderm, Body Clear Medicated Antiseptic Soap, Topi Clear Beauty Complexion Soap, Djarabi, Blackstar, Ultra Clear, Skin light, Cherie Claire Body Beauty Lightening, Topi Clear Beauty and Treating Soap, Complexion Soap, Immediate Clair Lightening Beauty Soap, Lady Claire, M.G.C Extra Clear.


Maxi Claire, Shiny Beauty cream, Top Claire Plus, Tamarin, Charms, Caro derm, Skin Light Carro 7, L'abidjainaise, Rapid Clair, Beauty Lotion Shinny, Djarabi, Yes To, Bio 21 Jours,  Bio liss,  Yes To lotion, Caro Top lotion, Maxi Claire, New Shirley Medicated, Top lemon, Pimplex Medicated, Top Claire Plus.


UnidermSoap, Djarabi Soap, Jaribu Soap, Skin Light Soap, Super Family, Binti Jambo Soap, Baby and Maman Soap, Movate Soap, Amira Soap, La Bamakoise Savon Tamarin Soap, Miki Soap, Mekako Soap,  Rico Soap, Tura Soap, Jaribu Soap, Acura Soap, Fair Lady, Elegance.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.