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Chicago Tribune: FDA To Investigate Skin Creams For Mercury
May 26, 2010, 9:26 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on... Mercury

Agency responds to Tribune tests that found high levels of toxic metal
May 21, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it will investigate skin-lightening creams for dangerous amounts of mercury.

Responding to a Tribune investigation that found high levels of the toxic metal in some creams, the FDA said it has alerted its district offices about potentially hazardous products and will take enforcement action if necessary.

“We didn’t know there was that kind of a risk, and we believe now there is a level of risk,” FDA spokesman Ira Allen said. “We are going to follow up.”

Allen said he could not provide specifics of the agency’s investigation but that it might include testing samples and inspecting facilities.

The Tribune reported Wednesday that the newspaper had sent 50 creams used to lighten skin and fade age spots to a certified lab for testing, most of them bought in Chicago stores. Six were found to contain amounts of mercury banned by federal law. Of those, five had more than 6,000 parts per million of mercury — enough to potentially cause kidney damage over time, according to a medical expert.

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