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Amorepacific apologizes for products with excessive heavy metal

2018/03/20 15:26

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SEOUL, March 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's cosmetics giant Amorepacific Group on Tuesday apologized for its products found to contain a heavy metal substance above the admissible level and said it is in the process of retrieving the problematic products.

On Monday, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said 13 cosmetic items made from a local original design manufacturer (ODM) were found with antimony above the permissible level and ordered the involved companies to suspend selling the products and pull those already in the market from shelves.

Among them, six were from Amorepacific's brands -- four concealers from Aritaum, and a concealer and an eyebrow pencil from Etude House.

"As a manufacturer and distributor, we should have paid full attention to ensure quality control of all products sold," the company said in a statement. "We are very sorry for causing inconveniences.

"We will make every effort possible to minimize any further inconveniences in the process of retrieving the products."

  

This combined photo provided by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety on March 19, 2018, shows South Korean cosmetics firm Amorepacific Group's concealers found with a heavy metal substance above the admissible level. (Yonhap) This combined photo provided by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety on March 19, 2018, shows South Korean cosmetics firm Amorepacific Group's concealers found with a heavy metal substance above the admissible level. (Yonhap)

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