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, 2014
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Some skin creams may contain toxic mercury

Source: Zeenews.India, Date: , 2014

Some people slather and even inject creams containing mercury onto or under their skin to lighten it, putting themselves and others at risk for serious health problems, scientists say. Researchers say they can now identify these creams and intervene much faster than before. "In the US, the limit on mercury in products is 1 part per million," said Gordon Vrdoljak, of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

"In some of these creams, we've been finding levels as high as 210,000 parts per million - really substantial amounts of mercury. If people are using the product quite regularly, their hands will exude it, it will get in their food, on their counter-tops, on the sheets their kids sleep on," said Vrdoljak.

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