By Analou De Vera
Mercury-laden skin-whitening cosmetics were continuously being sold in some retail outlets in Cubao, Quezon City, a caused-oriented group said.
The EcoWaste Coalition said skin-whitening products called Jiaoli and S’Zitang were on display in at least three stores operating inside a supermarket in Cubao.
“Jiaoli and S’Zitang are among the skin-whitening products banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to their mercury content, which ‘pose imminent danger or injury to the consuming public,”’ the group said.
The group urged retailers to stop selling the said products as it can endanger the health of its consumers.
“Mercury is a highly toxic chemical with no known level of exposure that is considered safe. Fetuses, babies, children, and pregnant women are most vulnerable to the health effects of mercury,” the group said.
“These noncompliant stores should do the right thing and not wait for their business license to be cancelled by city authorities,” the group added.
Exposure to mercury may cause skin rashes, skin discoloration and scarring, reduce skin’s resistance to bacterial and mycotic disorders, and cause damage to the brain, nervous system and kidneys, the group said.