Skin whitening creams containing potentially dangerous level of mercury, a poisonous metal that could lead to the damage of kidneys, brains and nervous systems, continued to be sold online in heavyweight platforms likes of eBay, Amazon.com and Alibaba, despite repeated warning from a number of consumer goods watchdogs across the globe, a press agency review of the aforementioned e-commerce site had revealed.
In point of fact, on last November, a group of watchdogs had raised the red flags over the mercury containing skin whitening creams, though the multi-billion skin whitening industry mostly popular in Asia, Africa and Central America, appeared to have turned a deaf ear to the alarming signs of repeated use of the mercury containing creams.
Nonetheless, although many countries either had banned or restricted the usage of mercury in the beauty products and an international level ban on manufacturing products with mercury has been expected to take effect by the end of the year, wide-ranging skin whitening products containing the poisonous metal could still be found in e-commerce sites such as Amazon.com and Alibaba.
Smaller manufacturers in developing countries are mostly in the skin whitening business, says ZMWG
Aside from that, latest findings from a press agency came forth as the Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG), an international coalition of non-government organizations, had reported last November that it had found unacceptable level of mercury in 95 skin whitening products among 158 samples, two-third of which were purchased from renowned e-commerce sites such as Walmart-owned Flipkart, S.
Africa’s Bidorbuy, Nigeria’s Jumia alongside Lazada and Daraz. Meanwhile, questions were raised as the brands cited by ZMWG containing dangerous level of mercury kept popping up on e-commerce sites despite pledges from the e-commerce platforms to scrap the listings containing the poisonous metal.
According to ZMWG, which said at its November report that the toxic products were manufactured by small developers mostly in developing countries such as Goree Cosmetics in Pakistan and Bangkok, almost all of the mercury containing beauty brands it cited as noxious on its November report were online for sales as of July 10 on Amazon.com, Alibaba and Walmart.
However, the ZMWG had also added that the major global brands such as L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble and Unilever, had not been flagged.