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Protests in Shanghai over toxic US-Japanese cosmetics
SHANGHAI (AFP) - Hundreds of angry Chinese women have taken to the streets of Shanghai demanding refunds for US-Japanese cosmetics after authorities detected banned chemicals in some of the products.
Chinese authorities had found chromium and neodymium ions in several [Proctor & Gamble] SK-II products imported from Japan, including powder, foundation, lotion and cleansing oil.
Chromium can cause eczema, while neodymium irritates the skin and can damage the lungs and liver if inhaled.