Articles worth reading

LTO to mobilize more enforcers

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is set to increase the visibility of traffic enforcers in support of President Ferdinand R. Marcos’ call for motorists and other road users to observe traffic laws, according to a report by Philippine N...

Philippines seen to become cybersecurity leader

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

An executive of Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Monday said there is an opportunity for the Philippines to become a leader in cybersecurity through the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI), according to a report by Philippine News Agency....

Meralco expects higher power demand during dry season

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

Manila Electric Company (Meralco) executives said the firm has been preparing for higher electricity demand amid the nearing dry season and the ongoing El Niño, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. In a press briefing at its ...

Metro News

EcoWaste swarns consumers against beauty cream with mercury 

account_balanceMetro News account_circleNoah James chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

The toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition again warned those aspiring for lighter and flawless skin to desist from using a Pakistan-made facial cream laden with high concentrations of mercury, a poisonous chemical banned in cosmetic product formulations.

The group made the appeal following the issuance of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory No. 2023-2344 issued on November 9 and published on the agency’s website on November 24.  Consumers were told not to purchase and use Goree Beauty Cream with Lycopene Avocado & Aloe Vera, which has no valid Certificate of Product Notification (CPN).

“We commend the FDA for releasing another public health warning against this contraband cosmetic, and we urge consumers to heed the advice of our  health experts and desist from using this unauthorized product,” said Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.  “Skin whiteners containing mercury are hazardous to health.  The best protection is not to use such products and to recognize that ‘beauty’ comes in all colors.”

Advertisement

The FDA first banned Goree Beauty Cream with Lycopene, along  with Goree Day & Night Whitening Cream, in 2017 after testing positive for mercury above the maximum limit of one part per million (ppm) under the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive.

Despite the warning not to distribute them, these two unauthorized Goree products, plus the recently introduced Goree Gold 24K Beauty Cream, are sold with impunity in some cosmetic product stores and in online shopping platforms.

To illustrate how toxic Goree Beauty Cream with Lycopene Avocado & Aloe Vera is, the EcoWaste Coalition last Sunday purchased a sample from a dealer based in Novaliches, Quezon City and had it screened for mercury using an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device.

As written on the label, the product was manufactured in February 2023, which contravenes the 2020 phase-out date for the production, import or export of cosmetics such as skin lightening creams and soaps with mercury content above 1 ppm as per the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Advertisement

As determined via XRF screening, the product contains a whopping 28,740 ppm of mercury, way in excess of the 1 ppm limit.

Mercury is not listed among the ingredients used in making the said Goree product, which the manufacturer claims as “the best skin lightener with optimal skin penetrating base.”

Mercury is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the “ten chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern.”

“Adverse health effects of the inorganic mercury contained in skin lightening creams and soaps include: kidney damage, skin rashes, skin discoloration and scarring, reduction in the skin’s resistance to bacterial and fungal infections, anxiety, depression, psychosis and peripheral neuropathy,” the WHO said.

“To protect the public health from negative health effects of mercury in skin lightening products, actions are needed that engage different parts of society," the WHO emphasized. 

Among the WHO's recommended actions to address this global problem are establishing or improving legislation, implementing compliance and enforcement strategies, strengthening laboratory capacity, conducting advocacy campaigns, and increasing awareness of health risks associated with skin lightening products, including those containing mercury.

The EcoWaste Coalition is one with the FDA, WHO and the international community in pushing for the elimination of dangerous cosmetics containing toxic mercury.


date_rangeDate Published
3 months ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Photo courtesy of: DMW

PH, Denmark in talks to explore bilateral labor relations 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and the government of Denmark are entering into exploratory discussions towards forging a bilateral labor relations agreement (BLA) between their two countries. DMW Officer-in-Charge Hans Leo J. Cacdac met yes...

Canada donates P145.5 million for immunization 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode5 days ago

The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday received P145.5 million from the Canadian government for the integration of Covid-19 vaccination, routine immunization and proven approaches that make quality primary health care accessible for Filipinos,&nbs...

Dengue cases decline 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

The Department of Health (DOH) recorded a notable 11 percent drop in dengue cases nationwide from January 14 to 27, 2024, according to a report by BusinessMirror. Based on data as of February 23, 2024, there were 7,434 cases recorded from January 14...

DFA transfers processing of benefits to DMW 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has reminded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that the processing of end-of-service benefits (ESB) has been formally transferred to the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), according to a report by Philipp...

×
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature