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Belfast business owner pleads guilty to charges relating to the use of and supply of tooth whitening products

1 May 2019
A Belfast business owner has pleaded guilty to charges relating to the use of and supply of tooth whitening products, in a case brought by Belfast City Council.

At Belfast Magistrates Court today (1 May), Mr Samuel Irvine Madine, owner of the HD Smile Clinic on the Shankill Road, pleaded guilty to 5 charges relating to the use of and supply of tooth whitening products which breached the Cosmetic Product Enforcement Regulations 2013.

Officers from the council’s Environmental Health department carried out a number of inspections of the business premises following a complaint received in April 2015. Four different products were seized over a period of time for testing. The seized products were found to contain sodium perborate, a banned substance which is carcinogenic.

Testing of the products revealed that all samples contained levels of hydrogen peroxide in excess of the permitted level of 0.1%, with one product being over 300 times greater than this.

Mr Madine also pleaded guilty to failing to meet the obligations of a distributor, including the required safety and labelling requirements.

Professor Angus Walls, Director of the Dental Institute in Edinburgh, advised that “the risks of chemical burns and malignant change are much greater with increased percentage of hydrogen peroxide”. 

 

 The charges were brought by Belfast City Council under the Cosmetic Product Enforcement Regulations 2013. The case has been adjourned until 4 June for sentencing.

The case was brought by Council