Palestinian police in Ramallah found expired, brand name cosmetics, with the potential to cause health issues, being sold locally with false expiration dates. Israeli Civil Administration investigates the products.
Date: 22.03.12 Author: Civil Administration Blog
Dalia Bassa, the Health Coordinator for the Civil Administration, was called early on the morning of January 10th, 2012, to inspect cosmetics seized by the Palestinian police and transferred to the Civil Administration.
Ramallah police suspected a local store to be selling counterfeit cosmetics, as they were selling them at prices well bellow market price for those goods. Palestinian police therefore involved the Health Department of the Civil Administration in examining the cosmetics, to determine whether they were counterfeit and whether they posed health risks to Palestinians using them.
The Health Department discovered that the true expiration date displayed on the products has been erased, sometimes only partially, and new stickers had been added to change the date to the end of 2012. All the cosmetics were expired, some more than 2 years ago. The cosmetics consisted of hand, eye, and neck creams.
“These cosmetics are unsafe for consumption.We will investigate to find out who organized this trafficking”, said Dalia Bassa, whose Health Department works hand-in-hand with the Palestinian and Israeli police.
Both Israeli and Palestinian Ministries of Health cooperate on health issues in Judea And Samaria.