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Silky Skin Cream Recalled For Mercury Risk

Silky Skin Cream

A skin whitening product called Crema Piel De Seda (Silky Skin Cream) has been recalled from the U.S. market, due to a risk of mercury poisoning.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers about a skin whitening cream called “Crema Piel De Seda.” The regulatory agency has warned people not to purchase or use the skin cream. The reason is due to the risk of mercury poisoning.

The traces of mercury in the product were, unusually in the case of a recall, picked up by FDA laboratory analysis. It is more typical for companies to initiate a voluntary recall based on their own analysis.

The FDA laboratory technicians identified mercury in the skin product.  This presents a serious risk, since exposure to mercury leads to serious health problems. Such problems include kidney and nervous system damage.  In addition, mercury slows down brain development in children.

Indications of mercury poisoning include irritability, tremors, distorted vision, hearing problems, memory issues, depression, and tingling in hands and feet. The mouth can also produce a strange sensation.

The cream is labeled in Spanish and it is marketed at Latino communities in the U.S.  The product is not often sold in mainstream drug stores; it is instead sold in markets and small retail outlets.  The product is manufactured in Mexico by a company called Viansilk.

The FDA has advised anyone who has the cream at home to discard it.

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.