The Macau Consumer Council and its Zhuhai counterpart have tested and approved all 43 samples of hand creams from both regions, according to the results of an annual co-test report between the two entities.
The wide choice of hand cream brands on the market reflects the demand of consumers for this kind of product, noted the Macau Consumer Council in a statement yesterday.
As hand cream is used directly applied to the skin, any hazardous substances or bad hygienic condition may affect consumers’ health and safety.
According to the national testing standard, the colony count of mold and yeast in the 43 samples passed the standard test for the hygiene quality of hand creams. No pathogenic bacteria, such as coliform bacteria, staphylococcus aureus nor pseudomonas aeruginosa were detected during the testing.
Meanwhile, the 43 samples were tested for hazardous substances including their content level of mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, methanol, and 1,4-Dioxane. Over-injection of hazardous substances into the human body over a long period of time may affect the nervous system, respiratory system, as well as all external and internal organs. No sample was found to exceed the testing standard.
The Macao and Zhuhai Consumer Councils co-test these kinds of product to safeguard consumer rights.
According to product labels, the origins of the 20 hand cream samples bought in Macau include China, Japan, Korea, and countries in Europe and North America. Their prices ranged from MOP10 to over MOP200 per bottle. DB