P100K worth toxic beauty products seized
Some P100,000 worth of toxic beauty and skin care products were confiscated in the city in an inventory and seizure operations mounted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Regional Field Office Cordillera, the Regulatory Enforcement Unit North Luzon Cluster and city government offices last July 20.
The cosmetics products were of different brands found to contain dangerous levels of mercury and being sold in various shops in four different locations in the city.
Four teams composed of personnel from the FDA, REU, Permits and Licensing Division and Public Order and Safety Division of the City Mayor’s Office and Sanitation Division of the City Health Services Office conducted the operations simultaneously armed by the list of FDA-flagged cosmetics brands.
FDA CAR Field Office Regional Supervisor Saturnina Pandosen said the activity was in response to the report of the Eco-Waste Coalition on the “unrelenting sale of mercury-containing cosmetics” in the city.
Among the brands in the FDA list of cosmetics without FDA notification and found to contain heavy metals beyond the allowable limit are:
Daiyasi UV Resistance and BB Whitening Spray, Aichun Beauty Aloe Vera , Erna Black, Feique Cucumber Anti-Wrinkle Whitening Set and Rose Refining Nourishing Set, Huichundemei Extreme Whitening Deluxe Version, Jiaoh 7 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Cream, Jiao Liang Miraculous Cream, Jiaoli Herbs Essence Whitening All Set, Jiaoli Speckle Removing and Nourishing Assembly, Lianglibai, Pan Yu health Beautiful Whitening Removing Speckle Package, Palamna Day and Night Cream, Qian Mei, Qunbanshuang, Shengniya 7Day Freckle Eliminating, S’zitang sets, Women of Flower Whitening and Speckle Removing A and B Series, Xin Jiao Li 10-day Whitening Speckle Removing Cream, Zixinmei Face Beauty (pink and purple boxes), Charm Charm, Ashley Shine New Formulized Moisture Lipstick #07, Monaliza Series Lipstick #05, Kiss Beauty Professional BB Cinema Lipstick, Monaliza Series Maging Pink Blush, A&W with UV protection whitening, Miss Doozy #3, Jiaoli, Corona Papaya, Dove Tawas with perfume powder, Baby Looney Tunes baby wipes, Goree beauty products, Kojic original acid soap, Dianne, Dau-Nong Trong, Musk hemorrhoids ointment, Kokando, Renow-D facial cream, Kwan Loong medicated oil, Savol Tianfeng Hair Color Cream Grape Red, AS Ashley Nude Blusher Double Profusion Blush (4).
The FDA advised consumers to buy cosmetic products that have FDA authorization and only from legitimate outlets.
For more guidance, please visit their Facebook page Food and Drugs Administration Philippines. – Aileen P. Refuerzo/Neil Ongchangco