Friday, March 12, 2010

PM Hun Sen Warns Toxic Makeup and Chemicals Use in Cosmetics

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, warned that toxic makeup and the use of chemicals in beauty salons and products will cause serious dangers or cancers for people, especially women in Cambodia.

The Prime Minister ordered the Ministry of Health to strictly monitor the use of toxic chemicals in cosmetics and beauty salons and urged Khmer women to project their “natural beauty” in order to avoid the danger which will be affected by the chemicals.

Currently beauty and makeup are very popular and interesting for women and girls in Cambodia, he said, adding that the number of beauty salons has also grown significantly, and women are probably using beauty products without knowing what chemicals they contain which will seriously impact on their health.”

“To protect the danger and the cancer which will be affected by the use of the chemical beauty products in Cambodia, I wish to appeal to Ministry of Health to take immediate actions and to strictly inspect the beauty salons and beauty products in order to ensure that people who use the makeup for beauty are not in danger of cancer or diseases,” he said during closing remarks at the Health Ministry’s annual conference on March 2.

The Prime Minister warned that cosmetics containing harmful chemicals could cause cancer and other diseases. He also ordered health officials to penalise those who “cause damage to public health” by selling dangerous products or cosmetic services in Cambodia.

“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to all women – single, married or widowed that it is better to keep your natural beauty rather than to use the beautiful makeup,” he said. “If they are going to use the beauty products or beauty makeup they should have to clearly inspect the products before using them in order to avoid from having the danger of cancer.”

Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, said that to provide the healthcare and prosperity for people, the Ministry of Health, will take action to strictly inspect the beauty salons as well as the use of the beauty makeup in Cambodia.

The Minister Dr. Bunheng continued to say that his ministry will also continue to strengthen and expand its medical doctors and health officials as well as health posts and health centres to locate closely to villagers in villages, communes, districts, cities and provinces throughout the Kingdom.

He added that his ministry will also improve and strengthen the quality of medical services and treatments for people. It will also provide the capacity building trainings for its health officials so that they will be able to carry out their duties effectively and professionally in the future.

Lee Borey, Owner of the Lee Beauty Salon in Phnom Penh, said that her shop sells skin-whitening products and other beauty products for customers. She said that all her beauty products were imported from France and Japan and without chemicals containing.

“I am an honest seller and I sell only the best quality of beauty products for my clients. I always think about my customers’ health more than I think about money. So there is no sense for me to sell the dangerous products for my customers,” she told The Southeast Asia Weekly during an interview. ////

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