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#FDA warns of #mercury in skincare products: #poison #toxicchemicals #health

#FDA warns of #mercury in skincare products: #poison #toxicchemicals #health

« EWG to FDA: Step It Up on Formaldehyde-Laced Hair Straighteners | Main FDA Warns Of Mercury in Skin Creams March 9, 2012 By: Etan Yeshua, Stabile Law Fellow The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned this week that more than 35 imported skin creams, antiseptic soaps and anti-aging lotions have recently been tied to mercury poisoning that in some instances sent users to the hospital. The alarm comes nearly four decades after the agency banned mercury in cosmetic products except mascara, where it can be used in tiny amounts as a preservative. The 35 tainted products, found in seven states, were being sold illegally. FDA constantly adds more mercury-laced skin products to its import alerts in hopes of interdicting them before they go on the U.S. market. One product, a face cream intercepted in Texas, contained 131,000 times the (miniscule) level of mercury legally allowed...

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