New products fine - total payout £17,000

Husband and wife Jonathan and Holiness Ikpere have been prosecuted for the online sale of toxic skin whiteners that they imported from Nigeria or concocted in their own kitchen, following the first national investigation into the dangerous products.

They were ordered to pay a total of £17,000 in fines and costs, conduct 60 hours unpaid work each and were handed six and four month prison sentences, suspended for 12 months, for breaching the Cosmetics Products Enforcement Regulations 2013.

The prosecution followed a raid on the couple’s previous home in Southsea in March 2018, led by Southwark Council in conjunction with local police and Portsmouth City Council. They seized nearly 3,000 items that contained corrosive hydroquinone, considered to be a possible mutagen and carcinogen.

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