Advocacy Cosmetics Fashion Toxic Products

Discount Store Urged to Take Dangerous Product Off the Shelves

6 November 2018, Quezon City.  A pack of attractive artificial nails that is sold for just P20 comes with a toxic adhesive, which can put a woman’s health in danger.

The EcoWaste Coalition, a group promoting zero waste and a toxics-free future, made this discovery after purchasing fake nail kits from a store in Cubao, Quezon City that sells fashion accessories, knick knacks and other goods for only P20.

“Some women, especially teenage girls, may find artificial nails nice, pretty and generally harmless.  But, the problem is with the glue that is used to attach the fake nail to the real one.  A glue containing dibutyl phthalate (DBP) is hazardous to health,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition.

Dizon cited the artificial nail sets that the group recently bought for P20 per pack.  A closer look at the label of the adhesive tube will show DBP as one of the listed ingredients.

DBP is among the substances listed in Annex II, Part I of the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive, which “must not form part of the composition of cosmetic products.”

To protect women consumers from being exposed to DBP, the EcoWaste Coalition yesterday requested the store franchise owner through an e-mail to stop selling the said product.

Dizon recalled that in 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), responding to information received from the EcoWaste Coalition, issued Advisory No. 2015-006 entitled “Warning Against Unnotified Adhesive containing DBP.”

The FDA has warned against the use of DBP-containing adhesive for artificial nails as this can cause allergic reactions. “There were previous cases where allergic response to DBP was found to be severe. Allergic reactions can induce a state of hypersensitivity in the immune system,” the health agency said.

“It can cause the immune system to respond to chemical exposures with immunological reactions that are harmful, varying from hives to life threatening responses such as anaphylactic shock, where low blood pressure and breathing difficulties can result in death,” the FDA explained.

“We call upon your company to stop the sale of ‘Splendid Nail’ and to cause their immediate return to their manufacturer, importer or distributor for environmentally-sound disposal,” the EcoWaste Coalition wrote to the store franchise owner.

“As this is a matter of public health and safety, we request your company to undertake the requested action without delay,” the group emphasized.

As the product in question has no market authorization, the EcoWaste Coalition further urged the company to source and only sell products with FDA Certificate of Product Notification.