The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned sixteen cosmetic products in the Philippine market.
Mostly from China, the products were also ordered to be removed immediately from the market to prevent the public from buying them.
“The FDA declares that the cosmetic products are unsafe and pose imminent danger or injury to consumers because they were not manufactured in compliance with the standards and requirements of the Code of Current Good Manufacturing Practice; and orders their ban or seizure from public sale or distribution,” the FDA Advisory No. 2013-019 stated.
The banned products were Baiyansu Three-in-One Whitening Set; Beauty Girl Green Cucumber 6 Days Double Whitening Soft Essence Cream; Bihuayn Whitening Day Cream; Care Skin Strong Whitening and Spot Removing Package; Gakadi Freckle Removing Cream; Huayuenong 12 Days Whitening and Speckle Removing Wrecking Set; White Advance Hydroxytyrosol L-Glutathione Whitening and Anti-Aging Cream; and Yudantang Ginseng and Green Cucumber 10 Days Whitening Speckles Removed Essence.
Also in the list were Yudantang Green Olive and Papaya Natural Essence 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Sun Block Cream; Yudantang Sea Pearl and Papaya 6 Days Specific Eliminating Freckle Whitening Cream; Huayuenong 12 Days Whitening and Speckle Removing Wrecking Set; Specific Eliminating Freckle Spot and Double Whitening Sun Block Cream; Yudantang 10 Days Whitening Speckles Removed Essence (with picture of cow and papaya); Zyiang Day Cream; Whitening Cream (with the rest of the label in Chinese characters); and one in gold package with label in Chinese characters and picture of red flower with three green leaves.
The FDA said the banned products were suspected of containing high levels of heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic.
“Continuous use of these products may cause adverse or allergic reactions that can result to severe or irreversible skin problem,” FDA stated.
The FDA also urged the public to use products that are registered with the government to ensure safety.