Warning out vs toxic beauty creams
MANILA, Philippines—An environment and consumer safety watch group on Sunday revealed that 10 brands of imported skin whitening creams banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continue to be sold in Metro Manila.
At the same time, EcoWaste Coalition warned school officials not to give out medals and trophies tainted with lead to outstanding graduating students.
The toxics watch group issued the warning against dangerous whitening creams after it tested the beauty products made in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia, which it bought from several stores in Parañaque, Manila and Pasay.
EcoWaste said that 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.