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KEBS sets new rules to block harmful cosmetics

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Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) managing director has  said only tested and approved cosmetic  products will be allowed for sale across Kenya and in East African markets.

“We will ensure quality, fit-for-use and safe cosmetics reach consumers by monitoring raw material requirements used and limit inclusion of heavy metal as well as microbiological contaminants in products,” said  managing director Bernard Njiraini.

The new standards could result in higher product prices blamed on inspection costs and delays incurred when importing products that must await certification prior to shipping to Kenya.

KEBS boss Bernard Njiraini.

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