17 Brands of Shampoo Withdrawn from Market

DUBAI - As many as 17 shampoo brands of five Chinese, Indian and Iranian companies have been ordered withdrawn from the market as laboratory tests revealed they contained high percentage of carcinogenic Dioxane 1.4.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 15 Feb 2009, 1:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:52 PM

The Director of Public Health and Safety Department in Dubai Municipality, Redha Salman, said the Secretariat-General of UAE Municipalities and other relevant departments across the country have been informed of the names, brands, batch numbers, and the country of origin of these shampoos.

“We have taken these shampoos off the shelves and necessary measures are being taken to prevent such products from entering the country. Distribution agents of these brands have been notified,” said Salman.

He added that Dubai Municipality conducts periodic laboratory tests on samples of all products that enter the emirate’s market, and takes necessary measures to stop all products that contain banned materials.

Among the brands withdrawn from the market are Olive Essence Shampoo (Ruoshan brand), Ginseng Essence Shampoo (Roushan brand), Gornia Shampoo (Gornia brand), Eggs Shampoo (Cooler brand), Herbals Gentle Baby Shampoo (Himalaya), Herbal Shampoo with Cedar and Myrtle Extract and Glycerine (Sehat brand, Batch Nos. 1879, 1367), Herbals Gentle Baby Shampoo (Himalaya brand), Protein Shampoo Normal Hair (Himalaya), Himalaya Herbal Anti-Dandruff Shampoo-Greasy Hair (Himalaya, Batch Nos. K038002, K038003), Sehat Almond Shampoo, Sehat Cedar Shampoo, Sehat Sedr Shampoo (Batch Nos.1879, 1367) and Sehat Henna Shampoo.

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I believe that all Shampoos in our supermarket shelves need deeper investigation on their ingredients. Since all advertised products have other side effects like allergy, irritations, hair fall, etc and even not performed in quality and end result according to their marketing.

Of course for such companies is more profitable to continue to use all kind of chemicals to keep lost cost of production and high selling price; they don’t care about health. However, I call to all shampoos manufacturers to go Back to Basics – what our grandparents used in old times and I call to all Official Authorities to make Very streaked requirements on quality before it reaches consumers. Thank you. - Janet M, Dubai

Last week I applied Himalaya herbal shampoo. Next day I was suffering from head ache. I thought it was due to sinusitis. The next day I was suffering from back pain also. I thought I was affected by flu but was wondering why I was not having temperature. One week after applying henna I still have pain over the peripheral area of my nose. Today when I read the news that many of the shampoos contain carcinogens and realised the reason of my ailments. Indeed, detailed tests should be conducted before the sale of products in the market. -Jolly John, Abu Dhabi

First we would like to thank to government have taken great steps towards these product, and I will suggest to continue test for all products which is coming from outside, and should ask to branded companies to submit their contain properties and sample before export their products. - Tarique Jamal, Al Ain

Please abstain from using shampoos and soaps. They will only age your skin quick & deprive the skin of the most of the nutrients skin requires. The only ways to protect your hair / skin texture & hair / skin glow are: [1] Refrain from shampoos & soaps. {These items are very dangerous} [2] Avoid meat & preferably survive on uncooked fruits+ vegetables+ nuts. [3] Have plenty of water. - Nagar Naru, Doha

Of course the Health authorities of that particular country should obtain the facts and verify before sanctioning approval to sell the product to its citizens / expat community. There are many well known brands and it’s shocking to note that the manufacturers have not taken the consequences very seriously. – Rian, Oman

I have seen these all brands still in the shelves of market in Ras Al Khaimah. So I think the authorities should check all areas of UAE. - Naser, RAK

We highly appreciate the steps taken by the Dubai authorities. At the same time the authorities should find ways for the importers who have already paid for the goods, and warn them for future business in these products. -J.S.Chahda, Iran

Yes they should test comprehensively before releasing any product for consumers in the market. Himalya brand is well known Brand & I never expected such a high percentage of Dioxane in this brand. - Tauqir Ahmed, Oman

As per my knowledge, the suppliers are supposed to take prior approval from the government authorities before importing and clearing of above mentioned shampoo or any products. May be the importers had already paid for the above products to the suppliers, since this all product are manufactured outside the country.

We need to make sure that the quality of the product is up-to-the-mark before introducing it to the market. Recently, we heard about contaminated baby milk powder and other products of reputed international brands that had melamine- a deadly chemical. Since Dubai is an open trading hub a lot of unsafe products can enter the market. Authorities have to be very firm to approve the sale of such products in the UAE. Azeez Mohammed, Dubai

I have seen all these brands in the shelves of Emirates Market in Ras al Khaimah. So I think all the areas of the UAE need to be thoroughly checked. – Mrs. Naser, RAK

I really do not know how such detrimental products get infiltrated in the GCC markets and Dubai market in particular. We are urgently asking for an in-depth probe on this issue and to take draconian measures and disciplinary actions against those officials in the Customs, or wherever, charged with or engaged in this serious issue. – Steve Mcfferson, Saudi Arabia

Of course we support 100% the steps taken by the Government; it would still be better if all products are tested thoroughly before they enter the market, and periodically thereafter.

Companies will always find a loophole to smuggle in dangerous products, but the periodic, random tests are giving the public more confidence, at least. – Yousef Adan

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