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Most skin whiteners in Bangladesh market contain dangerously high levels of mercury: Study

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Most of the skin whitening creams available in Bangladesh market contains higher levels of mercury than the permissible level, says a new study.

The use of these creams may cause several skin problems as well as complications of the kidneys and nervous system, researchers have found.

The worrying scenario was highlighted at a workshop on harmful effects of mercury-added products on health and the environment at the National Press Club on Thursday. The event was jointly organised by the environment department and the environment and eco-social development organisation or ESDO. The levels of mercury in most skin whiteners available in the local market are multiple times higher than the tolerable level of 1 part per million mercury or ppm. “The market is abundant with mercury-added skin-whitening creams, putting public health and the environment at risk,” said former secretary and ESDO Chairman Syed Margub Morshed.

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