Danger skin cream seized from stores after warning
Products containing mercury banned in the UK to be destroyed
DANGEROUS skinlightening creams containing mercury have been seized from shops in Hayes.
Hillingdon Council’s Trading Standards team removed 40 boxes of Stillman’s Freckle Cream and Stillman’s Skin Bleach Cream from two shops on Friday, May 1.
Both products are made in the United States and are banned in the UK under the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013.
Creams containing mercury can damage skin, increase pigmentation and cause severe itchy rashes. If used during pregnancy they can result in foetal abnormalities. Used in high doses, they can also affect people psychologically.
Councillor Jonathan Bianco, the council’s cabinet member for finance, property and business services, said: “Our Trading Standards team takes firm action when traders are found to be selling unregulated products.
“As well as seizing and destroying these skinlightening creams, which pose a real danger to consumers due to their mercury content, we are educating businesses so that they understand the rules and do not re-stock these products in the future.”
Trading standards officers tested samples of the seized products last year and found both contained the harmful chemical.
The sample of Stillman’s Freckle Cream contained 54.6 mg of mercury per kg, while the sample of Stillman’s Skin Bleach Cream contained 4,800 mg per kg.
“No level of mercury is allowed in cosmetic products being sold in the UK.
So far this year, the council’s Trading Standards officers have seized 88 boxes of the two creams from four shops in Hayes.
They have also inspected shops in other parts of Hillingdon and continued doing so last week.
The council said decisions as to whether businesses found selling the harmful products
The Stillman’s products shown here have been removed from shelves - no cosmetic product on sale in the UK is allowed to contain mercury would face legal action would be made on a case by case basis, with enquiries still ongoing.
In the meantime, information is being given to proprietors about why the products are banned.
When samples were bought from shops in January, Stillman’s Freckle Cream was being sold for £2.99 and Stillman’s Skin Bleach Cream for £3.50.
Anyone who has used either product should visit their GP.