Top cosmetic firms guilty of overpackaging

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Some of the products sold by big brand cosmetic firms like Olay, L'Oreal and Nivea at local supermarkets were found to be over packaged, the city's quality watchdog said Thursday.

The Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau said the cosmetics on the shelves failed checks for the amount of empty space in the packaging.

Six batches of Olay cosmetics produced by Procter & Gamble Guangzhou and sold at some local outlets of Lotus, Century Mart, Hualian GMS and Metro were found to have an overpackaging problem, and a batch of L'Oreal products made in Suzhou and sold at an outlet of Carrefour was also guilty of the same problem. Some Garnier and Chando cosmetics also contained excess amount of empty space in its packaging.

The number of layers of packaging papers as well as the ratio of empty space inside the boxes are the major criteria in determining excessive packaging. The allowed ratio should be within 50 percent for cosmetics.

The bureau checked 105 batches of cosmetics and 22 of them failed packaging checks.

Supermarkets have been told to stop selling products with unnecessary packaging or face a fine of up to 50,000 yuan (US$8,064).

A batch of black Kraft chocolate and Shinetien candies were among those that failed the checks out of the 63 batches of candy products checked by the bureau.

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