A disturbing new trend of Chinese cosmetics brands using the United Nations’ World Food Programme as a supplier has drawn international condemnation.
In a statement, the World Food Program said it was “shocked and appalled” by the alleged violations of the agency’s food and food-related conventions and rules, and that it had taken “all appropriate actions” to stop the sale of products that had been previously certified by the organization.
The statement from the agency also highlighted that the agency had been aware of “an alarming increase in the importation of counterfeit products into the United State, as well as the continued proliferation of counterfeit Chinese goods in Mexico and other countries.”
The agency said it had issued a formal warning to Chinese companies that had imported cosmetics from China, including three Chinese companies: Cosrx, which is owned by the state-owned CNOOC Group; Lianyun, which was acquired by a company that is part of the state oil company China Petrochemical Group; and Zhenxiang Cosmetics.
A spokesperson for the World Health Organization, which monitors and monitors food safety, said in a statement that the “growing global demand for counterfeit Chinese products poses a serious health risk to all nations.”