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US HEALTH officials are reportedly warning consumers to stop using some types skin bleaching creams because they are thought to contain higher levels of mercury.
The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allegedly identified 35 mercury-tainted products such as soaps, skin creams and lotions, which are being sold in at least seven States, reports Thestar.com.
Other products under investigation for using the potentially harmful substance include anti-aging treatments that claim to remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles.
When absorbed into the body, Mercury can cause damage to the nervous system damage and even death.
A senior medical adviser at the FDA, Dr. Charles Lee, told Thestar.com: “Exposure to mercury can have serious health consequences."
He added: "It can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn children and very young children.”