Kanebo notifies CFDA of the recall of some cosmetic whitening products containing RHODODENDROL

5th Jul 2013, Kanebo has notified the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) of the recall of some whitening cosmetics containing RHODODENDROL (Chemical name: 4-(p-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-ol ; CAS: 69617-84-1). One week ago, Kanebo claimed 54 skin-whitening products across Asia except Chinese market due to adverse effects found & customer complaints. Kanebo claimed that those re-called products have never been sold on Chinese market.

The CFDA has verified Kanebo’s statement and said that Kanebo submitted an application of new cosmetic ingredient approval for RHODODENDROL previously. However, the ingredient did not pass safety assessment and none of cosmetics containing RHODODENDROL has ever been approved by CFDA.

The CFDA has communicated with Kanebo and recognized Kanebo’s efforts in view of submitting the report without delay. Meanwhile the CFDA requests Kanebo to strengthen the safety assessment of new cosmetic products and the post-market monitor of adverse effects.

CIRS's Comments

New cosmetic ingredient registration embodies the Chinese unique style of ingredient management.  It can be very complicated to get an approval. Nevertheless, the Kanebo issue proves that this kind of ingredient management sometimes makes sense.


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