South Sudan's DFCA has banned the importation of skin lightening products into the country. Secretary general of DFCA, Mawien Atem Mawien, stated that the ban is a move to protect the people of South Sudan who result to harmful chemicals with the aim of bleaching their skin
South Sudan joins other African countries in banning the importation of skin whitening and lightening products.
The move was recently announced by the country's secretary general of Dr*gs and Food Control Authority (DFCA), Mawien Atem Mawien, who revealed that the aim of the organisation is to protect the people of the country from harmful chemicals often contained in such cosmetic products.
“No cosmetics will be brought to the Republic of South Sudan without the approval of DFCA. Anything outside the right channel will be deemed illegal,’’
It is also known that some other African countries including; South Africa, Kenya and Ghana have made the move of placing a ban on such harmful products that thin out layers of the skin in the name of brightening it.
Just recently, South Sudan, a landlocked country in East-Central Africa joined the list of countries to ban skin lightening products, most of which contain harmful chemicals such as mercury and hydroquinone.
"All the whitening or bleaching creams are prohibited for import without any approval from DFCA, most especially those that contain mercury and hydroquinone. It is very clear that cosmetics are being used in South Sudan without any discrimination despite the fact that they contain so many chemicals.
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