A shopkeeper has been jailed for selling illegal and toxic skin-lightening products in the first custodial sentence of its kind.

Mohammed Iqbal Bharodawala, who owned Jenny’s Cosmetics Limited in Walworth, southeast London, admitted nine charges of selling products containing the banned ingredient hydroquinone.

The substance, banned in the UK in 2001, causes skin damage and is linked to damage of the liver and nervous system.

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