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Dubai: Authorities in Dubai have responded to the claims of harmful nail polish and confirmed that all brands of cosmetic brands are safe. 

In a statement, the civic body announced: “Dubai Municipality denies the rumour of triphenyl phosphate danger in nail polish. The substance has not been banned, or restricted worldwide, specifically in personal care products.

"In addition, it has not been classified in the list of carcinogens by accredited international agencies.”

“The substance is used in many products such as furniture, plastic curtains, bathrooms, plastic toys and nail polish,” said Dubai Municipality.

Officials urged the public to contact the municipality on its hotline 800 900 to verify allegations made against products in the UAE market before circulating them on social media.

Doubts over the safety of nail polish is not a new topic, as rumours in international media allegedly reported that Triphenyl phosphate (TPHP) affected hormones.

TPHP, also known as TPP, is commonly used as a fire retardant in furniture and a hardener in plastic goods.