Global News: News emerged today of the South Korean government banning the sale of 13 cosmetic products found to contain unsafe levels of metal antimony. The product have had an immediate recall issued by the government. Antimony at levels ranging from 10.1 parts per million to 14.3 ppm was found in the 13 products, according to South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, exceeding the permissible level of 10 ppm.
Amongst the products recalled were popular sellers that included:
- 3CE Slim Eyeshadow Pencil (chesnut brown shade)
- Aritaum’s Full Cover Cream Concealer and Stick Concealer
- Black Monster Homme Black Erasing Pen
- Etude House’s AC Clean Up Mild Concealer and Drawing Eyebrow Duo No. 3 Gray Brown
- Makeheal Naked Slim Brow Pencil (shades BR0203 and YL0801)
- SKEDA Concealer
- Skinfood Cherry Full Lip Liner
- XTM Style Homme for Men Easy Stick Concealer
Leading beauty conglomerate Amore pacific, maker of Aritaum and Etude House, issued a statement according to The Korean Herald,
“We apologize for the incident, we should have put all our focus on quality assurance. We will do our best to prevent similar cases from happening again. Customers who have products on the recall list can visit Aritaum or Etude House stores to get the products exchanged or refunded,” the company said.
Etude House Singapore has similarly issued a statement announcing a recall of the two Etude House products affected. It said the affected products were manufactured and supplied by Hwasung Cosmetics, a subcontractor of Amorepacific.
The recalled products were distributed mostly in South Korea.