Whitening Products Banned in Philippines by FDA

The Philippine Food and Drug Administration has banned 23 cosmetic whitening products found to contain mercury exceeding legal limits.

Through FDA Advisory No. 2011-012 issued last August 4, the agency said these products “pose imminent danger or injury to the consuming public and the importation, selling or offering for sale of such is in direct violation of the FDA Act of 2009.”

Quoting FDA director Suzette Lazo, the Inquirer reported that most of the banned products “do not contain information on place of manufacture in their packaging.”

The whitening banned by FDA in the Philippines are the following:
  • Miss Beauty Magic Cream
  • Miss Beauty Excellent Therapy Whitening Cream
  • Dagette and Ramsdell Underarm Lightening Cream
  • Lanmeirou 12 Days Whiten and Speckle Removing Suit
  • Berglotus Spot Removing Series
  • Yoko Gentlemen Cream for Men
  • Jonathan Clearing Facial Spots 12 Day Cream
  • The Flower Woman 7-day Whitening and Spot and Night Set Cream
  • Sara Glutathione Sheep Placenta Whitening and Anti-Spot Cream
  • Aichun Beauty Green Tea Whitening Speckle Removing Series Cream
  • Aichun Beauty Whitening Freckle Day and Night Cream
The products which were earlier listed as banned were:
  • BIB Night Cream Whitening Cream
  • Pretty Model Whitening and Freckle Removing Day Cream and Night Cream-Set
  • Pretty Girl 10 Day Special Cream
  • Pretty Girl Green Cucumber and Ginseng Cream
  • Liliki Whitening Day Cream 911
  • Liliki Whitening Night Cream 912
  • New Miss Beauty Magic Cream
  • Jiaoli Rejuvenation Essence 10 Days Speckle Removing
  • Jaio Liang 7 Days Eliminating Fredkle AB Set
  • Jiao Liang 10 Days Eliminating Fredkle AB Set
  • Beauty Girl 6 Days Specific Eliminating Fredkle Whitening Cream Egg White and Tomato 3in1
  • Beautiful Dream Whitening Anti-Speckle and Anti-Azne Kit
If found in stores, the banned products will be seized, the FDA reportedly said.

The Department of Health (DOH) explains that mercury is “a known neurotoxicant, which damages the kidneys and many body systems, including the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hematologic, immune and reproductive systems,” the report said.