The Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau has reportedly found that cosmetics produced by firms such as Olay, L’Oréal and Nivea have too much packaging, due either to the use of too many layers of packaging papers or because the ratio of empty space inside the boxes is too high.

The watchdog group has apparently instructed supermarkets that sell the products to cease doing so or face fines as high as 50,000 yuan (US$8,064). According to a news source, the bureau assessed 105 batches of cosmetics products and determined that 22 of them failed the packaging criteria. See Shanghai Daily, September 6, 2013.