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Online Shopping Sites Urged to Stop Ads for Mercury-Containing Skin Whiteners


Online shopping sites have been asked to stop advertising cosmetic products such as mercury-containing skin whiteners, as identified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Aileen A. Lucero, national coordinator for the EcoWaste Coalition, said the organization tracks “unauthorized and unsafe cosmetics” offered by third-party sellers on the Lazada and Shopee e-commerce platforms.

“In time for Online Shopping 8.8, our (group) carefully monitored these hugely popular online shopping sites from August 1-6. Much to our disappointment, hundreds of skincare products banned or flagged by the FDA, particularly face lightening creams, are advertised and sold as if these products were legal and safe,” Ms. Lucero said in a statement. Monday.

“It is high time for government regulators to crack the whip and stop the use of online shopping platforms to sell mercury skin whiteners,” she added.

According to the group, it used the various notices issued by the FDA as a reference for lists of banned or reported products, as well as public health warnings issued since 2010.

“Among those found widely sold online are Goree Lycopene Beauty Cream and Goree Day & Night Beauty Cream from Pakistan. As a reminder, the FDA, through Notice No. 2017-289, advised consumers not to buy or use these products, which the agency has tested and found to contain more than one part per million (ppm ) of mercury,” EcoWaste Coalition said.

EcoWaste Coalition said the ASEAN Cosmetics Directive identified mercury and its compounds among substances that are not permitted in cosmetics.

According to the regional guideline, the upper limit for mercury content is one part per million (ppm).

Cosmetic products with mercury content above one ppm, such as skin lightening creams and soaps, are among the products whose manufacture, import and export were phased out in 2020.

“The continued use of online shopping platforms for the illegal trade in mercury-containing skin lighteners is a flagrant violation of the 2020 global deadline for phasing out these dangerous cosmetic products,” said Miss Lucero.

EcoWaste Coalition also urged the Departments of Environment and Commerce to expedite the completion of their pending Joint Administrative Order that will restrict online trade in regulated chemicals such as mercury.

Asked for comment, Lazada said in a statement that the sale of products containing hazardous substances is prohibited on the platform.

“Our team performs daily manual scanning of product listings that violate existing policies and are removed when identified. We will continue to take strong action against sellers who violate our platform’s terms and conditions,” Lazada said. .

Business world sought a comment from Shopee, but he did not respond in time. —Revin Mikhael D. Ochave