HEALTH WARNING: Make up sold online could contain dangerous lead and mercury

Nottinghamshire County Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

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Notts residents are being advised to be aware of fake cosmetics being sold online which could contain dangerous levels of lead and mercury.

A warning by trading standards teams across the country has suggested that make-up is being sold by unscrupulous dealers via the internet which has dangerous toxins in such as lead and mercury.

Nationally, the City of London police have issued a national alert about the problem it says is on the increase.

Notts County Council’s Trading Standards has not received any direct cases in the county, but have reiterated the warning to consumers living locally to be aware of the problem.

Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, committee chairman for community safety at Notts County Council, said this week: “People need to be vigilant and wary of the potential risks of buying cosmetics online – especially if brand items are being sold for knock-down prices. We always advise that if an offer appears too good to be true then it usually is.”

The county council advises that people should consider buying products from a reputable retailer.

Anyone with concerns about this issue should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.