Nail Polish Harmful Put Pregnant Woman at Risk in Dorset
7:51am 19th March 2014
An importing business, that sold harmful nail polish sets in Weymouth, has been fined by Dorset's trading standards.
99p Stores Limited of Northampton, pleaded guilty to supplying an unsafe brand containing harmful substances.
Evidence presented to Weymouth Magistrates said the chemicals could harm an unborn child, if painted nails were to be bitten by Mum's to be.
The nail polish set was purchased as part of a trading standards project checking cosmetics for the presence of phthalates.
The investigation revealed that the company had imported approximately 34,500 of the nail polish sets and had sold approximately 14,000 of them before the company removed them from sale following the results of the enquiry.
99p Stores Limited were fined £3,500 and ordered to pay prosecution costs to the county council of £994.
Ivan Hancock, trading standards service manager for Dorset County Council, said:
"Businesses importing cosmetic products play a critical role in ensuring unsafe goods are not sold to UK consumers. They are legally responsible for checking that all cosmetics are safe before distributing them. Once prohibited goods have been distributed and sold it is very difficult to ensure these do not put consumers at risk. Importers need to be vigilant and diligent and where consumers' safety is put at risk by their failures formal action is always a consideration for us.