A cosmetics shop in Woolwich has been fined £5,600 and told to pay £4,000 in costs after being found selling illicit goods.
Shaba hair and cosmetics – located at 37 Powis Street – saw its owner Shazeb Ahmed was also fined £2000 with an additional 12 months community order involving 100 hours unpaid work.
According to Greenwich Council, Trading Standards seized 243 non-compliant items. Samples were taken of nine products with tests conducted for the presence of hydroquinone and clobetasol propionate.
The council said they discovered the steroid which is only permitted to be used in medicines, with the authority stating “both ingredients are prohibited due to the health risks associated with their use. Without proper control or regulation by a doctor or pharmacist, products with a high percentage of steroids can have extremely harmful side effects, including skin thinning and muscle loss.”
In March two other Woolwich shops selling cosmetics were fined £26,000.