The Mercury Policy Project, together with 50 NGOs from around the world has sent an open letter to both Amazon and eBay calling for the e-commerce platforms to cease their sale of illegal cosmetics.
The groups found several skin lightening creams listed for sale via the online platforms that contained illegal and dangerous mercury levels.
“Internet moguls must stop breaking the law and exposing NYC residents and others with their toxic trade in illegal cosmetics,” said Michael Bender, Director of the Mercury Policy Project. “At the same time, the FDA must enforce – no matter how big, no one is above the law.”
“The products expose communities of color to intense levels of mercury and impact their health outcomes,” said Amira Adawe of the Beautywell Project. “We need a strong regulatory system that will hold accountable companies that make and sell skin-lightening products.”