Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care has recalled cancer-causing South African baby products and ordered them to be removed from all shelves.
The Ministry of Health directed that all batches of Tiger Brand’s Purity Essentials Baby Powder/ Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s Essential Baby Powder be recalled and removed from sale.
The Zimbabwe Ministry’s directive comes after Tiger Brands of South Africa recalled its own products citing unacceptably high levels of asbestos. These cause a rare type of cancer known as mesothelioma.
According to the UK’s National Health Service,
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some of the body’s organs. It’s usually linked to asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma mainly affects the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), although it can also affect the lining of the tummy (peritoneal mesothelioma), heart or testicles.
Part of the directive issued by Zimbabwe’s Secretary for Health and Child Care, Air Commodore Jasper Chimedza, reads,
Reference: RECALL OF PURITY ESSENTIALS-BABY POWDER FROM SOUTH AFRICAN SHOPS FOR HEALTH REASONS
The above matter refers.
Tiger Brands of South Africa is recalling the Purity Essential Baby Powder from shops. The products contain unacceptable levels of asbestos, which causes rare cancer called mesothelioma.
The traces were recently detected in test samples prompting the recall of the product. The following packages are recalled:
Product Description | Weight | Barcode
Purity Essentials Baby Powder/ Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s Essentials Baby Powder | 100g | 6009523601859
Purity Essentials Baby Powder/ Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s Essentials Baby Powder | 200g | 6009523601866
Purity Essentials Baby Powder/ Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s Essentials Baby Powder | 400g | 6009523601828
Elizabeth Anne’s Fresh Baby Powder | 400g | 6009523604515
Given that a significant number of products in our supermarkets are sourced from South Africa, there is a possibility that some batches of the baby powder in question are already in Zimbabwe. These products should be removed from the shelves or intercepted at points of entry.
Let’s inform the public of this harmful product to stop further distribution of the product within the country due to its negative health effects.
Air Commodore (Dr) J Chimedza
Secretary for Health and Child Care