Fifty-three percent of hair dye products sold in Taipei do not meet local standards, the Department of Health said yesterday.
In a test of 15 hair dyes, two were found to be from unlicensed sources and six contained ingredients not approved for use in such products, statistics released by the department showed.
In the case of the first two, the companies had either failed to obtain the licenses required or their permits had become invalid, the department said.
The suppliers are also suspected of importing or manufacturing unapproved cosmetic products, it said.
Under the Statute for Control of Cosmetic Hygiene (化妝品衛生管理條例), licenses are required to manufacture and import cosmetic products, the department said.
As for the other six hair dyes, they contained ingredients not approved by the Department of Health, the city government said, adding that it suspected the manufacturers had altered the formula.
A few of the dye products checked lacked proper labeling information, such as the manufacture and expiry dates, storage information, the importer’s address and a complete list of ingredients, the city’s health department said.
The results of the product tests are available on the city’s Department of Health Web site.
Consumers can enter a product’s license number to check whether it has been approved.