Banned whitening product still being sold
DESPITE the ban imposed by the Food and Drug Administration, a skin-lightening product laced with toxic mercury is still being sold to the public.
Yesterday, the EcoWaste Coalition has called for the government agencies to recall the S’Zitang 10 Days Eliminating Freckle Day & Night Set being sold in seven cities in Metro Manila.
On May 29 the FDA issued Advisory No. 2018-183 warning the public against the distribution, sale and use of S’Zitang after finding it to be laden with mercury above the trace amount limit of one part per million as per the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive.
However, EcoWaste was able to S’Zitang for P75 to P150 each in Chinese drug stores, herbal supplement stores and beauty product stores in Caloocan, Makati, Manila, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig and Quezon City.
“Despite stern warning from the FDA, unscrupulous retailers continue to sell S’Zitang, which is damaging to human health as well as the environment because of its mercury content,” saidThony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner of EcoWaste.
All the 10 samples of S’Zitang procured by the group had average mercury content of 2,467 ppm for the day cream and 1,344 ppm for the night cream as detected by a portable X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometer.
Mercury absorbed through the skin from prolonged exposure can harm the kidneys, the brain and the central nervous system, and may also result in skin discoloration, rashes, scarring and other side effects.