Killer cosmetics: Experts find novel way to detect hazardous compounds

KUALA LUMPUR: Experts have found an easy and effective way for authorities to check for hazardous compounds in cosmetics sold to the public, including in the fast-expanding “home-grown” beauty industry. It will not only allow enforcers on the ground immediate results of products they pick up from the market in their “post-market surveillance” monitoring mechanism, but also detect counterfeit ones.  The  Near Infrared Analyser (NIR) can also come in handy for health enforcers checking on medicines in the market to see if they are adulterated or fake. This two-tier handheld screening tool involves a spectral database and chemometric applications that will allow enforcers handling the gadget to fall back on for vital information, including the fingerprint of each product that would have been recorded with the ministry.