Date
21 October 2017
Dolly Girl perfumes have been withdrawn from sales in Hong Kong after a Taiwanese consumer group said it contains excessive amounts of plasticizer which can cause cancer. Photo: internet, baidu
Dolly Girl perfumes have been withdrawn from sales in Hong Kong after a Taiwanese consumer group said it contains excessive amounts of plasticizer which can cause cancer. Photo: internet, baidu

Anna Sui perfume found with cancer-causing chemical

A perfume sold under the Anna Sui brand has been found to contain industrial plasticizer which can cause cancer, according to a Taiwanese consumer group.

Three types of fragrance in the Dolly Girl By Anna Sui line contained the chemical DEHP (diethylhexyl phthalate) used to increase the flexibility and durability of a material, Apple Daily reports, citing the Taiwan Consumers Foundation.

Plasticizers are used in industrial production, construction and pharmaceuticals, among others.

The consumer group said the findings came from 25 perfume and nail polish samples tested in July and August.

Three perfume samples contained more than 100 ppm (parts per million) of the chemical, exceeding Taiwan’s safety limits.

Two samples from Face Shop perfume under the same product line had up to 30 ppm of the additive.

DEHP is discouraged but not illegal in Taiwan but its content is regulated at no more than 100 ppm.

The chemical affects the endocrine system and harms the ability of women to conceive.

In extreme cases, it could cause cancer, the foundation said. 

Taiwan’s food and drug regulator said the distributor could face up to one year in jail if convicted of breaching health safety regulations.

It ordered the products destroyed.

On Thursday, Dolly Girl had been withdrawn from sales in Taiwan and Hong Kong where DEHP is banned.

Dolly Girl is owned by American designer Anna Sui under her eponymous fashion and cosmetics brand.

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