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Wrongly translated sunscreen label says babies should be exposed to the sun

A number of children’s sunscreen products produced by the German company Nivea are being withdrawn because a mistranslation on the label says babies should be exposed to direct sunlight instead of the opposite.

An announcement from the state pharmaceutical services on Monday said that batches of three types of children’s sunscreen products carried the misleading labels and have been withdrawn.

The withdrawn products are:

Nivea Sun Kids Swim & Play latte solare SPF 50+ – Batch n°: 42243476A; 50455376B; 50765776B; 50876076A; 50876076B

Nivea Sun Kids latte solare protettivo SPF 50+ –  Batch n°: 40165120; 44346674; 50257774; 50668374; 50618474

Nivea Sun Kids Swim & Play SPF30, – Batch n°: 41225076A

“Due to an incorrect translation of the label, the French version of the label gives misleading information to consumers stating that babies and small children should be exposed to direct sunlight instead of the correct statement ‘Babies and small children should not be exposed to direct sunlight’,” said an announcement of the Rapid Alert Network (RAPEX).

This could potentially result in children and babies being excessively exposed to sunlight, it said. “The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Products Regulation”.

“For this reason, the state pharmaceutical services are conducting a research to locate the above products on the market and urge the public, in the case they have in their possession these products to stop using them,” the pharmaceutical services said.

Any consumer who has seen these products is urged to call the pharmaceutical services, at 22 608606 and 22 608 663.

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