Mar 16, 2013

FDA bans 6 Whitening products has more mercury

MANILA, Philippines - Six more skin whitening products mostly from abroad were banned by the Food and Drug Administration after laboratory analysis showed that these contained "excessive level of mercury."

The banned products are the following:
  1. Fruit & Lovely Quickacting Whitener & Speckle Remover Package
  2. Yudantang Green Olive and Papaya Natural Essence sunblock cream
  3. Spring Return Ginseng
  4. Pearl Natural Pure Plants Whitening Cream
  5. TVC Spot Remover Cream and
  6. Yoko Whitening Cream with SPF-15
Yudantang is imported from Taiwan while Spring Return Ginseng is a product from New York. TVC Spot is made in China. The labels of the other products do not indicate where the goods came from.

Exposure to mercury, an extremely toxic silvery white metal, can cause chronic or acute poisoning and also lead to kidney, lungs, or brain damage.
“As we laud the FDA’s action to ban additional skin lightening products tainted with mercury, we urge consumers to be on their guard and take highest precautions against 'cosmetoxics' or cosmetics laced with hazardous substances,” claimed Aileen Lucero of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect.

“Our distinct kayumangging-kaligatan (light brown skin) complexion is beautiful and a source of national pride. But if you still insist on lightening your skin tone, please be very careful with cosmetics laden with mercury and other equally harmful chemicals. It’s better to be brown than sorry,” she added.
The non-government Ecowaste Coaltion lauded the FDA's move to ban the skit whitening products, which increased to 77 the number of banned mercury-containing products since November 2012.


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