Chinese Ban on Korean Cosmetics 'Nothing to Do with THAAD'

  • By Kim Sung-mo

    January 12, 2017 13:33

    The Korea Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday denied that a Chinese import ban on some Korean cosmetics came in retaliation for Korea's decision to station a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery here.

    The agency said the products simply did not meet Chinese quality standards or the paperwork was incomplete.

    According to the KFDA, 13 products lacked proper documentation, one product had more microorganisms than permitted, two contained ingredients not specified in the documents, two contained the banned substance dioxane, and one was a completely different product to what the documents said.

    "There has been a surge in cosmetics exports to China, so there's greater scrutiny at Chinese customs, and that naturally leads to more products failing to meet standards. It would be an exaggeration to relate the issue to the THAAD deployment.

    The KFDA promised to give up-to-date information on Chinese regulations to Korean cosmetics companies, and offer training sessions to help companies meet them.

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