Raids net big haul of expired cosmetics

 25 May 2014 - 4:17


DOHA: Having seized huge quantities of expired beauty products from a large number of beauty salons across the country, the state consumer rights watchdog has drawn up a plan to discipline the outlets and make them comply with rules.
The Consumer Protection Department (CPD) of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce is setting up a crack team of women inspectors to keep a vigil on beauty salons all over Qatar.
The CPD said that last week its inspectors mounted raids on 191 beauty parlours all over the country and detected as many as 50 violations.
The inspections were meant to check the quality of the services of these outlets and the products they use, according to the CPD.
“We took samples of beauty products from suspected outlets and sent them all for laboratory tests. The tests showed that all the samples were of expired items,” the economy ministry said in a press statement issued yesterday.
It is dangerous to use expired facial, skin, body and haircare products on customers, said the CPD, adding that it had initiated legal action against the erring salons.
Large stocks of shampoo, creams and other cosmetic products stocked up by the erring salons for use on customers were found to be expired.
“Imagine, they were applying such expired and substandard products on the faces and skin of customers. It is so dangerous to do this,” the CPD said.
According to the release, customer complaints were galore and that forced the department to mount the large-scale raids on the parlours in the past week. 
Beauty parlours charge customers so much money and yet many of them use substandard, at times counterfeit and expired, products, said the CPD.
The violating parlours have been booked under Article 8 of Law Number 8 of 2008, which provides for punishing outlets that use expired or counterfeit products.
The release said that the economy ministry had drawn up a plan that included making a list of beauty parlours that are found repeating violations.
The plan also includes providing intensive training to female inspectors so that they keep constant and close vigil on the parlours. 
They would be conducting a raid on a beauty parlour as soon as a customer complaint is received. The CPD said people can call and lodge complaints on its dedicated hotline (number 8005000). 
“This is the most effective way to make sure that these outlets are disciplined. Legal action would be taken against them,” said the release.