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Presence of Mercury in Skin Whitening Creams

TitlePresence of Mercury in Skin Whitening Creams
Publication Type Research Reports
Year of Publication2021

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The study titled “Dark truth of skin whitening creams: Presence of Mercury in skin whitening creams” highlights the presence of mercury in skin whitening creams. The study, which access samples from Vijayawada, Mumbai, Delhi, and Tiruvandpuram, found high concentrations of mercury ranging from 4000 to 14000 ppm in imported brands despite the stringent regulation of unintentional presence upto 1ppm under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rule 2020. The study also highlights the need to address the liability of the online platforms which is currently lacking in the country.

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