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9 potentially cancer-causing products taken off UAE market


DUBAI – Nine products have been taken off shelves in the UAE after the Ministry of Health and Prevention said they contain unregistered and unapproved ingredients that may cause cancer.

The banned items include contact lenses, skin care products, medicine, food supplements, facial creams and sexual stimulants that are being distributed through various social media platforms.


“Most of the products which have been withdrawn contain ingredients that are unregistered with the ministry or have failed to meet our approval standards,”  according to a circular issued on Sunday by Dr Amin Hussain Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary of Public Health Policy and Medical Licensing sector at the ministry.

“We call on the public to inform us about illegal distribution of these products within the UAE largely through the social media platforms,” Al Amiri added.

Banned products

Acuvue Oasys (eye lenses)

Unitone 4 (skin whitening cream)

Faiza (skin whitening cream)

Nine Slim (capsules)

Queen Slimming Soft Gel (capsules)

Lisou (capsules)

Hoodia Gardenia (capsules)

Hammer of Thor (capsules)

Minceur Roasted Mocha

The ministry said that the skin lightening creams and lotions contain mercury, a cancer-causing substance, and hydroquinone, a bleaching agent that causes rashes and red blotches on the skin.

The ministry also said that the coffee sachets for weight loss are found to contain sibutramine, an unregistered ingredient with harmful side effects.

The banned sexual stimulants were also found to contain sidenafil and sibutramine, which have harmful side effects on people with a history of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high cholesterol and arrhythmia, according to the ministry.

The ministry urged UAE residents to report incidents of sale or promotion of the banned items, particularly on social media where they are heavily promoted. An online complaint may be registered through or through the hotlines 04 2301448 or 80011111.

Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary Al Amiri clarified the issue regarding the withdrawal of an influenza vaccine in a  neighbouring Gulf country, saying only batch number P4A33IV was affected.

“The rest of the batches are safe. All medicines available for influenza including the vaccine in the UAE, conform to the safety specifications of the ministry,” he said. DAJ/Expat Media



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