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February 2018

East Street and Peckham businesses receive fines and costs totalling £58,892 over illegal skin lighteners

Shaba Hair & Cosmetics (Peckham) Limited, and former Director Mr Banaras Hussain (50), of Tottenham, received fines of £18,000 and were ordered to pay costs totalling £26,054 at the Inner London Crown Court. Both had pleaded guilty to offences that took place in 2015 relating to the illegal sale of dangerous skin lightening products. Some 2,500 products were found concealed in a secret storage area at the shop premises in Rye Lane following covert test purchasing. Hussain also received a 15 week prison sentence suspended for 18 months and was ordered to pay a further £4,888 under the Proceeds of Crime Act and undertake 100 hours community work.

Hussain had pleaded guilty to ten offences under cosmetic product safety regulations and medicine control legislation as some of the products found contained ingredients so potent they were classed as prescription only medicines. This is the second time Southwark has prosecuted Mr Hussain, and this company, for such offences and the court heard he also had previous convictions for similar offences committed by other companies at shops in Hackney and Enfield.

In a separate case Soni Hair and Beauty Limited, which trades at East Street, and Director Mr Mohammed Salem Soni (41) of Wapping Lane, E1 pleaded guilty at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court to offences regarding skin lightening products found in the shop in November 2016. These also contained banned ingredients and were not labelled properly. In addition, two test purchases were made on ebay in January 2017 that were found to contain banned ingredients. In total the company and Director received fines of £4,000 and were ordered to pay costs of £5,850 plus a victim surcharge of £100 making a total of £9,950.

Page last updated: 28 February 2018