EcoWaste Coalition Keeps Pressure On Online Commerce Of Mercury-Altered Skin Lightening Cosmetics

(At least 12 FDA-warned skin whiteners are still being sold online)

October 9, 2022, Quezon City. With the online sale of 10.10 in full swing tomorrow as part of the ongoing commemoration of October’s consumer wellness month, toxics watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition has urged e-commerce players to take measures to stop the continued online sale of dangerous cosmetic products containing mercury.

“For the umpteenth time, we call on e-commerce players, in particular online shopping platforms and sellers, as well as regulatory agencies, to protect consumers online from dangerous products such as skin-lightening cosmetics. mercury-laden skin,” said Aileen Lucero. , National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.

“Even with the publication of the Philippine Guidelines for Online Businesses earlier this year, the illegal trade in these health-damaging cosmetics persists,” she lamented. “When will this end?” she asked.

Illegal trade, Lucero said, is not only a clear violation of national laws such as RA 9711 (Food and Drug Administration Act) and RA 7394 (Consumer Act), but also a direct disregard of the 2020 global phase-out. under the Minamata. Convention on mercury from cosmetics with mercury content above one part per million (ppm) such as skin lightening creams and soaps.

The EcoWaste Coalition, which has been tracking and exposing the illegal sale of mercury-containing cosmetics since 2011, reiterated its call to action after monitoring product listings for these banned cosmetics at Lazada and Shopee ahead of 10.10 online sales.

Based on the surveillance it conducted on October 8, cosmetics banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for containing mercury and/or for lack of marketing authorization continue to be subject to advertising and sales with impunity.

Despite public health warnings issued by the FDA, at least 12 variants of Ailke, Collagen Plus Vit E, Erna, Feique, Golden Pearl, Goree, Jiaoli, Parley and S’Zitang face creams containing mercury are still offered at selling online, found the EcoWaste Coalition.

“We must stop the use of e-commerce to distribute, sell and deliver those cosmetic products which pose imminent danger or harm to human health, especially to women and babies in the womb, due to their content of undisclosed mercury,” she pointed out.

In this regard, the group urged online sellers to follow the law and avoid listing violations. He also asked online shopping platforms to quickly remove lists of prohibited items and freeze or ban the accounts of provocative sellers.

On August 8, 2022, the EcoWaste Coalition submitted a 100-page product listing to the FDA in Lazada and Shopee for mercury-contaminated and/or unapproved cosmetics.

In accordance with the Philippine Guidelines for Online Businesses contained in Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 22-01 issued on March 4, 2022, online businesses have a responsibility to protect and defend the interests of consumers against products and services that present risks to their health and safety.

The said JAO aims to ensure that e-commerce platforms, online retailers and others are properly guided on the rules, regulations and responsibilities in conducting their business activities online. It further aims to ensure that online consumers are informed of their rights and redress mechanisms.

The order was signed by officials from the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Health, Trade and Industry, as well as the Intellectual Property Office and the Commission national privacy protection.


DTI Joint Administrative Order No. 22-01 Series of 2022: Guidelines for Online Businesses Reiterating Laws and Regulations Applicable to Online Businesses and Consumers

Further information:

Sample Product Lists for FDA-Warned Skin Whitening Cosmetics
(as uploaded October 8, 2022)

  1. Goree Beauty Cream with lycopene and Goree Day & Night Beauty Cream: (search words: beauty cream, Pakistan) Link to FDA notice
  2. Ailke Perfect Salvation Rosy Whitening A+B Cream: Link to FDA notice
  3. Collagen Plus Vit E Day and Night Cream: Link to FDA notice
  4. Erna Lightening Cream: Link to FDA notice
  5. Feique Herbal Extract Whitening Freckle Remover Set: Link to FDA notice
  6. Golden Pearl Beauty Cream: Link to FDA notice
  7. Jiaoli Miraculous Cream: Link to FDA notice
  8. Jiaoli 7-Day Eliminating Freckle AB Set: Link to FDA notice
  9. Parley beauty cream: Link to FDA notice
  10. Parley Goldie Advanced Beauty Cream: Link to FDA notice
  11. S’Zitang 7-Day Specific Whitening and Spot AB Set: Link to FDA notice
  12. S’Zitang 10-Day Whitening and Spot Day & Night Set: Link to FDA notice

Source of publication: Online journal

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