Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is currently investigating High Mercury Content in Skin Whitening Products. A CNN report has raised alarms over the high mercury content in skin whitening products, including cosmetic creams. Mercury is used in skin whitening products because of its ability to block the body’s production of melanin, which is the pigment that gives color to skin. At high levels, the mercury found in these products is extremely toxic and can lead to a variety of medical issues, including kidney and liver damage, as well as neurological damage. US Federal Drug Agency regulations and the Minamata Convention on Mercury — an international treaty to protect human health and the environment from mercury — limit the use of mercury in cosmetics, excluding those used around the eye area, to 1mg/kg of mercury, also known as 1 part per million (ppm). The use of mercury, however, may not be disclosed in the labels of these products, or its levels may be higher than are permissible and damaging to a person’s health.
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