Officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warn consumers some illegal skin cream, beauty and antiseptic soaps from abroad may contain mercury.
Gary Coody, national health fraud coordinator at the FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs said the products, marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles, were manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States.
"If you have a product that matches these descriptions, stop using it immediately," Coody said in a statement.
Check the label of any skin lightening, anti-aging or other skin product for the words mercurous chloride, calomel, mercuric, mercurio or mercury. If there is no label or no ingredients are listed, do not use the product. U.S. federal law requires ingredients be listed on the label of any cosmetic or drug, Coody said.
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