President Rodrigo Duterte should even be powerful towards sellers of “poisonous” pores and skin whitening merchandise out there and not simply focus on his struggle towards medicine.
Detained Sen. Leila de Lima on Tuesday mentioned as a substitute of “focusing on his unorthodox war on drugs, the President can do better by remembering that there are other important issues that require his attention.”
She raised her concern amid the warning of the EcoWaste Coalition regarding the continued sale of contraband imported pores and skin whitening merchandise which are “heavily laden” with mercury, particularly in price range buying areas in Quiapo and Divisoria.
“This is a threat to public health. It’s alarming that people who are looking for low-cost alternatives to the popular and expensive brands can easily be fooled into buying the cheap products without knowing that these goods can endanger their life,” De Lima mentioned.
The Food and Drug Administration banned over 135 mercury-containing and unnotified pores and skin whitening merchandise since 2010.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), publicity to mercury can have critical well being penalties, together with kidney injury, pores and skin rashes, discoloration, amongst others.