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Posted by Lauren on July 12, 2002 at 13:38:59:

In reply to: Black Henna in Brighton UK (long) posted by mark on July 11, 2002 at 08:50:03:

: Well further to other posts i made about the frustrations on
: 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
: the foot of Brighton Pier.....yards away from my studio.
: Trading standards recieved detailed info - especially from the
: 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
: 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
: 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
: and keep in a safe place.
: All in all Trading standards have done their job. Whilst they do
: 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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