71 beauty products banned for high mercury content

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public against buying 71 cosmetic products it has banned for containing high mercury levels.

The products are Aichun Beauty (Aloe Vera) Cream; Aichun Beauty (with Green Tea Essence) cream; Aichun Beauty Anti-Freckle Cream Suit (VC); Aichun Beauty Paw Paw Fade Out Cream; Aichun Beauty Paw Paw Whitening and Freckle Remover Series (Facial Cleanser with Cream); Aichun Beauty Strongly Whitening Freckle Series (3 in 1) - (Facial Cleanser with Day and Night Cream); Aichun Beauty Green Tea Whitening Speckle Removing Series Cream; Aichun Beauty Whitening Freckle Day and Night Cream; Ailke Perfect Salvation Rosy Whitening A and B Cream; Bai Li Tou Hong Cream; Berglotus Spot Removing Series; Beauty Excellent Lamb Placenta Whitening and Anti-Aging Cream; Beautiful Dream Whitening Anti-Speckle and Anti-Acne Kit; Beauty Girl Double White Collagen Elastin Whitening Night Cream/Double White SPF17AP++Whitening Day Cream; Beauty Girl 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Cream Egg White & Tomato 3in1; Beauty Girl Papaya & Hawthorn Essence (10 Double Whitening Speckles Removed Essence); Beauty Girl Ginseng & Green Cucumber (10 Double Whitening Speckles Removed); Beauty Girl Essence Aloe Pearl (10 Double Whitening Speckles Removed Essence); Beauty Girl Olive and Sheep Essence (10 Double Whitening Speckles Removed Essence); BIB Day Cream Whitening Cream -921; BIB Night Cream Whtening Cream -922; Daggett and Ramsdell Underarm Lightening Cream; Doctor Bai Skin Revitalizing Skin Brightening (Doctor Bai Intensive White Revitalizing & Speckle Removing Set); Feique Cream; and Feique Golden Aloe Whitening (Anti-Scar, Anti-Freckle) Cream.

Also in the list are Feique Green Tea Vital Whitening Freckle-Removing Cream; Gemli Glutathione Hydrolyzed Collagen Whitening & Anti-Aging; Glutathione Grapeseed Extract Whitening & Anti-Aging; Lanmeirou 12 Days Whiten & Speckle Removing Suit; Liliki Whitening Day Cream – 911; Liliki Whitening Night Cream – 912; Long Dian Tu Glutathione and Pearl Natural Whitening Essence Cream; Jiaoli Miraculous Cream; Jiaoli Huichusu Special Cut Genuine Cream; Jiao Li 10-Days Eliminating Freckle Day & Night Set; Jiao Liang 7 Days Eliminating Freckle AB Set; Jiao Liang 10 Days Eliminating Freckle AB Set; Jiao Li 7-Days Eliminating Freckle AB Set; Jiao 2+17 Days Clearing Facial Spot Suits; Jiaoli Huichusu Whitening Speckles Removal Cream; Jiaoli Rejuvenation Essence 10 Days Speckle Removing; Jiao Liang Miraculous Cream; Jiao Mei Miraculous Cream; Jiao Yan Specific Miraculous Cream; Jonathan Clearing Facial Spots 12 Day Cream; JJJ (Golden Package) Magic Spots Removing Cream (Spots Removing Super); Loreial Paris Anti-Freckle Cream Suit; Maidaifu Herbal Moisturizing Cream Wrinkles Harmonie Cream; Miss Beauty Magic Cream; and Miss Beauty Excellent Therapy Whitening Cream.

Banned also were New Miss Beauty Magic Cream; Oseur O Mei Su Pearl Paste; Pan Yu 7-Day Whitening Speckle-Removing Series Whitening Cream; Pretty Girl 10 Day Special Cream; Pretty Girl Green Cucumber & Ginseng Cream; Pretty Model Whitening & Freckle Removing (Day Cream & Night Cream Set); Qiang Li Zeng Bai Qu Ban Wang Whitening Cream; Sara Glutathione Sheep Placenta Whitening and Anti-Spot Cream; Shengli Day & Night Cream; Special Cream (labeled in Chinese characters), 1 jar; Special Cream (labeled in Chinese characters), set of 2 jars; St. Dalfour Beauty Whitening Cream; S'Zitang Cream; The Flower Woman 7-Day Whitening and Spot and Night Set Cream; Xin Jiao Li 7-Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Cream; Xin Jiao Liang 7-Days Miracle Package for Spots Refining; Yoko Whitening Cream (Aloe Vera Extract); Yoko Gentleman Cream for Men; Youngrace Age Defying Essence; Yudantang Ginseng and Ganoderma Lucidum 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Sun Block Cream; and Yudantang Green Cucumber and Ginseng 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Cream.

"Several cosmetic products, which were not approved by the FDA, have entered the Philippine market. These products have been banned in the Philippines," said FDA acting Director Dr. Kenneth Go in an advisory.

The FDA noted that the products were found to be containing mercury contents beyond the 1ppm (parts per million) allowable by the agency.

Go noted that among the possible adverse health effects of mercury in cosmetic products are kidney damage, skin rashes, skin discoloration, scarring as well as anxiety, depression or psychosis, peripheral neuropathy, and neurodevelopment deficits for fetuses of pregnant women. (HDT/Sunnex)

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