FDA bans ‘beauty’ products

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    BALANGA CITY- The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced an advisory banning sale and use of unregistered beauty cream products found with excessive amounts of mercury.

    FDA Director Nazarita Tacandong also included in the ban fat-loss capsules and fat-loss tea that contain combination of steroid and amphetamine.  While the application of the Jiaoli whitening crème products attacks the brain, the use of the slenderizing capsules and tea leads to heart stroke, the director said.

    “Although applied externally, the body absorbs the mercury from the banned Jiaoli products after long use affecting the mind and the kidney that if taken in big quantity may cause death,” she said.

    Among the seven face creams covered by the ban are Jiaoli Huichusu Whitening Speckles Removal Cream,  Xin Jiao Li 7-Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Cream, Jiao Li 10-Days Eliminating Freckle Day & Night Set, Jiao Li 7-Days Eliminating Freckle AB Set, Jiao Liang Miraculous Cream, Xin Jiao Liang 7-Days Miracle Package for Spots Refining and Jiao Mei Miraculous Cream.

    The two whitening cream products included Jiao Yan Specific Miraculous Cream and Jiao Li Extra Pearl Facial Cream.

    Tacandong also urged local government units  all over the country to assist in reporting outlets found selling the products.

    Tacandong said through the FDA Act of 2009, owning the prohibited products carries a penalty of a fine of P50,000 up to the maximum of P5 million. “Kung namatay o nagkasakit ang gumamit nito, ang nagbenta ay pwede pang sampahan ng criminal case,” she said.

    The FDA chief said the products came from China and might have entered the country illegally through the backdoor. She said the products are without License to Operate and Certificate of Registration. “May ugnayan na naman ang Bureau of Customs at ang FDA upang mahigpitan ang pagpasok ng mga iligal na produkto,” she said.

    Last Friday, FDA agents made the rounds of small drugstores in Ongpin and Binondo in Manila. “Kaunti na lamang ang nakita at kinumpiska ang mga ito,” she said. She said that chain drug stores will not carry the banned products .

    Tacandong said that one or two users of the prohibited products informed her office of having used the whitening cream. “Gumamit daw sila pero wala namang naramdaman,” she said.

    She emphasized that through long use, the harmful chemicals accumulate in the body and later attack the vital organs.

    Tacandong was with FDA employees in their capability building seminar at the Subic Hotel Villas in the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.” Ito’y isang paraan ng pagpapalakas ng FDA upang malaman namin ang aming priorities para lalo pang maprotektahan ang mga consumers,” she said.

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