The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the public from purchasing and using the following unauthorized and adulterated cosmetic products, which tested positive for the presence of MERCURY, as reported in the ASEAN Post-Marketing Alert System (PMAS). These ingredients are not allowed to be part of a cosmetic product as per ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD). The table below indicates the particulars of the unauthorized and adulterated cosmetic products:
1. SNOW WHITE ARMPIT WHITENING UNDERARM CREAM
2. MUI LEE HIANG CREAM FOR ACNE & BLEMISHES AND SG SKIN FRESH LOTION
3. POLLA SMOOTH WHITENING FACE CREAM
4. LIANIBO WHITENING CREAM NIGHT CREAM EXCELLENT LD-802
5. V LOVE MELSMA WHITENING NIGHT CREAM
6. GARNIBO WHITENING CREAM 7 DAYS WITHING CREAM
7. SMIZE WHITENING NIGHT CREAM
8. P-VITA MELASMA CREAM
9. GERO SKIN NATURALS WHITENING DISPEL SPOT 7 DAYS WHITING DISPEL SPORTS CREAM
10. CAINIYA 7 DAYS ANTI-FLECK PAPAYA PAW PAW WHITENING DESPECKLE AB SET
11. MISS MAY FRECKLE & SPOT REMOVING MAGIC CREAM WHITE
12. BEAUTY LADY WHITENING NIGHT CREAM
13. SEAUL GIRL 7 DAYS ACNE CLEAR GEL
14. NANO KOJIC GLUTA PAPAYA ARBUTIN
The aforementioned products have been tested by the Department of Food and Drug Administration, Myanmar as part of their post-marketing surveillance activities and results of the laboratory analyses show that these products are not compliant with the technical standards set forth by the ACD.
The aforementioned products were verified to contain Mercury, a naturally occuring heavy metal which is known to be severely hazardous to health even in small amount. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the main adverse effect of exposure to inorganic mercury (e.g. ammoniated mercury) is kidney damage. Mercury may also cause skin rashes, skin discoloration and scarring, as well as a reduction in the skin’s resistance to bacterial and fungal infections. Exposed pregnant women and nursing mothers transfer the mercury to their fetuses, which can later result in neurodevelopmental deficits in the children.
In light of the foregoing, the public is advised not to purchase the aforementioned unauthorized and adulterated products. Moreover, the public is advised to always check if a cosmetic product is notified with the FDA. The FDA website (www.fda.gov.ph) has a Search feature which may be used by typing in the name of the product before purchasing.
All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute unauthorized and adulterated cosmetic products.
All FDA Regional Field Offices and Regulatory Enforcement Units, in coordination with law enforcement agencies and Local Government Units, are requested to ensure that violative products are not sold or made available in the market or areas of jurisdiction.
Kindly contact the FDA Center for Cosmetics Regulation and Research through e-mail at [email protected], or call (02) 8857-1900 loc. 8113 or 8107.
To report any sale or distribution of the afore-mentioned cosmetic product, the online reporting facility, eReport can be accessed at www.fda.gov.ph/ereport.
Dissemination of this advisory to all concerned is hereby requested.