Dan­ger skin cream seized from stores af­ter warn­ing

Prod­ucts con­tain­ing mer­cury banned in the UK to be de­stroyed

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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