Black Henna in Brighton UK (long)

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Posted by mark on July 11, 2002 at 08:50:03:

Well further to other posts i made about the frustrations on getting
the black henna traders stopped i recently made some serious
progress. Im posting this so that if your in the UK and have a
problem in your area with black henna traders then this is a good
way to approach it.

I contacted my local trading standards office again this year and
requested that they look in to the issue of the traders. The main
problem this year has been that they are trading with black henna at
the foot of Brighton Pier.....yards away from my studio.

Trading standards recieved detailed info - especially from the ccj's
website, european commission website (linked from my own website)

They also gathered their own information from goverment bodies from
across the world they informed me.

Trading standards then proceeded to go out in to the streets and
shops around brighton collecting samples of henna. These was branded
makes from shops such as Jani and they also collected samples from
the traders on the streets - This was done for testing purposes
under the UK cosmetics law. The traders was also informed that they
could be up for prosecution if any chemicals banned in the UK for
use in cosmetics is found in the henna they are using.

They took down names, addresses and then checked that these was real
and valid.

Trading standards have reported back to me. They requested that the
traders at the front of the pier no longer trade there until they
are satisfied with the contents of their henna. They ignored this
much to the frustration of myself and the trading standards officer
which lead to the police being involved and they was arrested.

Since then black henna seems to be on the decline. With samples
being taked i assume that those using this decided not to confront
the law!

A word of caution from the trading standards was recieved stating
that most of the brand named tubes of premixed henna is not
correctly labelled and therefore also violates UK law.

As we mix it ourselves and the henna powder comes imported with all
documents then our products is fine. To those in the UK though make
sure that when you import your henna - get all documentation with it
and keep in a safe place.

All in all Trading standards have done their job. Whilst they do not
have the powers to stop illegal street trade they do have the power
to remove you if your not using correctly labelled henna. If you
cant state whats in it....your not allowed to use it.


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