The South Korean cosmetics name released its statement on 21st March 2018 on its website following the discovery. Etude House also voluntarily shared this information with the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.
The affected products, which were largely distributed in Korea, were produced and supplied by Hwasung Cosmetics, an Amorepacific contractor.
Etude House Singapore has now withdrawn its AC Clean-Up Mild Concealer (Serial number: AAH and Use-by Date: 8th January 2021) and Drawing Eyebrow Duo No. 3 Gray Brown (Serial Number: GLG and Use-by Date: 17th December 2020) from stores.
The company announced that “only a small portion of Etude House AC Cleanup Mild Concealer under the lot number AAH was distributed”.
Customers are able to return the products included in the list, which were distributed in January 2018. Upon return, they will receive a full refund or an exchange for another product at the official Etude House Store in Singapore.
Etude House reassured consumers on its website that products featuring other serial numbers and use-by dates from those listed above were tested and found to be appropriate for both sale and use.
“Ensuring the safety and quality of all products is of utmost importance to us. We will continue to make every effort to ensure that we take appropriate actions during the recall process,” the company stated.
Antimony stance in Singapore
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has stated that cosmetic products supplied in Singapore are banned from containing antimony, news and lifestyle portal AsiaOne reported.
To date, the Authority has not received any indication that the use of cosmetic items with the heavy metal content has led to adverse reactions.