Chemical Analysis: An Indispensable Means for Uncovering Severe Cases of Fraud with Cosmetics and Tattoo Inks

Authors

  • Christopher Hohl State Laboratory of Basel-City Kannenfeldstrasse 2, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland. Christopher.hohl@bs.ch
  • Urs Hauri State Laboratory of Basel-City Kannenfeldstrasse 2, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2016.357

Keywords:

Analysis, Fraud, Cosmetics, Tattoo inks

Abstract

Three cases of fraud with commodities containing illegal stealth compounds are presented, which were uncovered by the State Laboratory Basel-City, Switzerland. All three commodities, grapefruit seed extracts, a phytocosmetical skin cream, and tattoo inks, were produced abroad, had forged declarations of ingredients and, in the case of the extracts and the cream, were marketed with far-reaching health claims. While inspections will identify suspicious products and would be able to eliminate health claims to some extent, only chemical analysis can uncover the illegal agents used and give law enforcement bodies the necessary evidence to immediately clamp down on those brands, where the stealth agent presents a serious health hazard to consumers.

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Published

2016-05-25

How to Cite

[1]
C. Hohl, U. Hauri, Chimia 2016, 70, 357, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2016.357.