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Public warned against use of 2 whitening creams with toxic mercury levels

19 August 2021

By The SUN


The night and day creams with mercury levels as much as 2,056 times the acceptable limit

The Centre for Health Protection has advised the public not to buy or use two whitening cream products labeled LC Beauty day and night cream, which may contain excessive mercury that is harmful to health.

According to the press release, tests conducted by the Hospital Authority showed the level of mercury in the day cream was 1,152 times more than the acceptable level, while the night cream was 2,056 times past the limit.


“The CHP's investigation is continuing. The case has also been referred to the relevant law enforcement agency for follow-up,” said the statement.

A search on Facebook showed the two products are openly sold online, and appear popular among foreign domestic workers, especially those from Indonesia.

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The product tests were made after a 36-year-old woman was admitted to hospital on suspicion of mercury poisoning.

A woman who used these products for 3 months was hospitalized for mercury poisoning

“The patient was found to have proteinuria (presence of excess proteins in urine) after admission to hospital in late July 2021 and reported using the two products for around three months. Her urine sample revealed a mercury level higher than the reference level, which was clinically suspected to be related to the use of the products,” said the CHP.


The statement also said warned that chronic exposure to mercury can cause damage to the nervous system and kidneys.

Symptoms may include tremors, irritability, insomnia, memory deterioration, concentration difficulty, impaired hearing and vision, and change in the taste function. In severe cases, renal failure may occur," said the CHP.


Serious side effects may also result from using the products, the statement said.

“People who are using them should stop immediately and consult healthcare professionals as soon as possible if they feel unwell or are in doubt. Members of the public are urged not to buy or use cosmetic products of unknown composition or obtained from doubtful sources.”


Last July, the CHP also warned against the use of another whitening product from BioClear, after it was found to contain mercury levels that were 16,471 times the maximum permitted limit.

A woman found selling the product in a shop in Central was arrested and prosecuted for violating the Customs Ordinance prohibiting the supply, manufacture or importation of goods that comply with general safety requirements.

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The maximum penalty for the offence is $100,000 fine and imprisonment for one year on first conviction, and $500,000 and imprisonment for two years on a subsequent conviction.
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