BEIJING (Kyodo) Chinese commodity inspectors have ordered local bureaus to strengthen screening of Japanese-made cosmetics after finding substances banned in China in Max Factor SK-II products imported from Japan, Chinese media reported Friday.

The inspection agency has also demanded through the Japanese Embassy that Japan make sure products it exports to China meet regulations, according to various newspapers, including the China Business News.

According to the reports, chromium and neodymium were found in the SK-II products, which include facial creams and lotions. The substances could cause rashes and liver problems if used over a long period of time, according to the reports.

SK-II cosmetics are sold in major department stores in China.

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