FDA: Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products

March 7, 2012 Updated Mar 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM EDT

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FDA: Mercury Poisoning Linked to Skin Products

March 7, 2012 Updated Mar 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM EDT

According to a story posted on the Food and Drug Administration website, federal health officials are warning consumers not to use skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, or lotions that might contain mercury.

According to the story on the FDA website:

The products are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles, says Gary Coody, national health fraud coordinator in the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. Adolescents also may use these products as acne treatments, adds Coody. Products with this toxic metal have been found in at least seven states.

The products are manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States—often in shops in Latino, Asian, African or Middle Eastern neighborhoods and online. Consumers may also have bought them in another country and brought them back to the U.S. for personal use.

Get more information and read the entire story posted on the FDA website HERE.