FDA ban on 16 skin cosmetics lauded by environmental group PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 November 2013 14:23

Following the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on 16 skin cosmetics, five with no authorization and 11 tainted with mercury, an environmental group on Friday welcomed FDA’s efforts.

The EcoWaste Coalition lauded the the issuance of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Advisory last Wednesday for taking action against mercury-laden cosmetics.

National Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition, Aileen Lucero, said that those cosmetics were health threats to users and non-users alike and to the environment.

“Removing mercury-tainted cosmetics in the market augurs well for our government’s backing of the Minamata Convention on Mercury that was signed by Environment Secretary Ramon Paje at a UN Diplomatic Conference held in Japan last month,” she said.

The global treaty provides controls and reductions across a range of products (including cosmetics), processes and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted.

“Banning over a hundred mercury-containing cosmetics is a public health achievement that can earn the Philippine government a Guinness World Record,” Lucero emphasized.

EcoWaste noted that the latest FDA data inflates the total number of mercury-laden skin lightening creams prohibited by the agency - from 2010 to date - to 104 products.

The 11 newly-prescribed cosmetics were among the 45 mercury-laced skin whitening creams that the EcoWaste Coalition obtained in test buys conducted between July 22 to August 17, 2013 in Metro Manila, Cebu City and Davao City and consequently submitted to the FDA for confirmatory laboratory analysis. These are:

1. Angel Placenta Whitening Cream (Tender Skin & Whitening)

2. Erna Whitening Cream

3. Gemli Beauty Series Freckles Cream Plus Placenta Extract

4. Jiaoli Huichunsu Specific Eliminating Freckle Cream

5. Jiaoli Speckle Dispelling & Whitening Cream

6. LMSER Whitening Cream

7. Sanli Eliminating Freckle Cream Plus Complex Vitamin C & E

8. Top Shirley Nourishing Cream

9. White Magnolia Intensive Repair Essence & Powerful Spot Remover

10.Zhjren Whitening Ruddy Combination Suit

11. Zhjren 7 Day Beauty Elegant Moisturizing & Whitening Day Cream

In addition, the FDA prohibited the sale of 5 more products for failure to obtain prior market authorization or notification from the agency:

1. Baschi Day and Night Cream

2. Baschi Whitening Cream

3. Excellent Royalsuffi Fade Out Day Cream

4. Feique Herbal Extract Whitening Freckle-Removing Series

5. Yu Yan Excellent Yest Intensive Night Cream