Tainted skin care products from Mexico
Many skin care creams from Mexico have dangerously high levels of mercury.
Health officials are continuing to warn consumers about skin creams being sold and imported from Mexico. Many of these products contain mercury, which can be very toxic to the human body.
Mercury poisoning can lead to headaches, insomnia, muscle atrophy, heart damage, kidney damage and much more. The reported poisonings were happening over all ages. Adults are becoming symptomatic, even children who touched their parents faces and then their own are showing neurological symptoms of toxicity.
The mercury is also being found in the clothing, furniture, bedding and spreading to other surfaces and into the air. This is causing many items to have to be discarded to enable a safe future.
The scary thing to note about these contaminated products is they aren’t just slightly above what is considered safe, they are soaring high beyond any safe measure. According to our federal standards, a product cannot be sold with more than 1 part per million (ppm) of mercury. Many of the tested products contained up to 210,000 ppm.
To try to protect yourself, avoid any products with mercurous chloride, calomel, mercurios, mercuric or mercury on the label. If you have an ingredient you suspect is contaminated, bag it, mark it with mercury and dispose it though a hazardous waste program.
One of the most common products containing high levels of mercury are being found in is known as La Tia Mana. However, sometimes the products are unlabeled. It is best to purchase your skin care products from a reputable supplier.