Councilor alarmed on sale of toxic skin creams

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


A DAVAO City councilor expressed alarm over the continued distribution of 10 brands of imported skin whitening creams banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Councilor Joselle Villafuerte said she is thinking of crafting an ordinance to protect the public against these harmful products.

Villafuerte said this in reaction to a published article in a national daily regarding the banned products.

She said that while the report was from Metro Manila, she found out that these products are also being sold here.

In a national daily, the EcoWaste said one of the beauty products worth P60 to P180 each contained as much as 15,900 parts per million (ppm) of mercury, way beyond the 1 ppm mercury threshold limit set under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Cosmetics Directive.

Among the banned skin products still being sold in the market were Yu Dan Tang Ginseng and Green Cucumber 10 days whitening Speckles Removed Essence, which had 15,900 ppm of mercury; Erna Whitening Cream with 10,400 ppm of mercury; and Jiaoli 7 days Specific Eliminating Freckle AB set with 3,664 ppm of mercury.

EcoWaste was also able to buy from the stores the following: Flower Woman 7 Days Whitening & Spot Day & Night Set Cream, S’zitang cream, Jiaoli Miraculous Cream, Sara Glutathione Sheep Placenta Whitening & Anti-Aging Cream, JJJ Magic Spots Removing Cream, Jiaoli 10 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Cream and Sanli Eliminating Freckle Cream.

According to Villafuerte, the EcoWaste Coalition was able to personally show the danger of these products.

“Consumers should be protected more by not allowing the sale of these banned cosmetics,” she told Sun.Star Davao.

She said she will study further on how she can protect the Dabawenyos against these products.

“At least the owners (of stores) plus the general public will become aware that these are cosmetics with high levels of harmful chemicals,” she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 18, 2014.

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