Women have warned against the use of harmful cosmetics being smuggled into Kenya from Uganda.
Peter Bosire, a Kenya Bureau of Standards officer in Busia county, made the remark yesterday during a forum of cross-border women traders at a Busia Hotel. The meeting brought together participants from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Bosire said the said cosmetics which include hydroquinone and mercury contain chemical compounds which cause kidney failure after.
He said during the blood circulation the kidney does not get rid of the compounds from the body which are instead deposited in the kidney later leading to malfunctions.
The officer said that other harmful skin lightening creams common in the border town include Caro lights cream, Peau Claire and Maxi Claire.
He revealed that he recently confiscated Caro light cream worth Sh370,000 from a business woman and burnt them but warned that those caught risk court fines of up to Sh1 million.
According to Bosire, the prevalence of these products can be attributed to unscrupulous business people who are capitalising on the free movement of goods afforded by the East African Community's protocol to bring in the harmful body creams and other sub-standard products.
Bosire further warned the business fraternity against trading in radio and torch batteries christened Tiger as they leaked upon expiry. The leaked substance, he noted, was corrosive.