By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Shampoos or cosmetics that contain three kinds of estrogen – estradiol, estrone and
ethinylestradiol – will be banned in Taiwan effective July next year, reports said Tuesday.
Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital department of clinical toxicology director Yen Tsung-hai revealed that estrogen has recently been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Grade I cancer-inducing agent.
“The public are advised to avoid the use of estrogen prior to the implementation of the new system,” he said.
The soon-to-be-imposed ban follows the footsteps of the European Union in which estrogen in cosmetics (including shampoo) has been found to cause endocrine disorders or cancer and environmental pollution, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. [FULL STORY]