The Hong Kong Consumer Council is reported to have found excessive levels of bacteria in two of the baby bath products floating on the retail market in Hong Kong.
The bacteria were found in a recent test conducted on over 50 samples of shampoos and body washes for babies and children.
"The excess of bacterial colonies is surely unacceptable, (at levels) which may expose open wounds and delicate areas such as eyes or genital areas to disease", Philip Leung, a staff member for publicity affairs of the council, posted at a monthly press conference Monday. "They are illegal. The customs will take action on both problematic products".
The council has claimed that product named Hypoallergenic Mild Baby Shampoo with Camomile and Panthenol has been found to contain a level of bacteria 59 times higher than the maximum permissible level slated by regulators. The product hails manufacturing in Australia by NUK.
The second product, Swiss Natural Baby Bath, under the Swiss brand Balma-Baby, contained found to contain similar contaminant and was tested to posses over 14 times higher than permitted under regulations.
However, following the reports, managers at both companies have reportedly halted the sale of the products.