By Alison Hsiao
Following a recent report cautioning consumers that cosmetics bought online or abroad may contain mercury, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday assured the public that the element’s concentration in such products is strictly regulated in Taiwan.
The caution was issued on Sunday by the Taipei City Department of Environmental Protection, which said that since each country has its own regulations on mercury content in cosmetic products, consumers could be exposing themselves to health risks by purchasing cosmetics from nations with laxer standards or quality control.
Although Taiwan limits the concentration of mercury in final cosmetic products to 1 part-per-million (ppm), the department said that with more Taiwanese shopping on Taobao.com — China’s largest e-commerce marketplace — and other foreign Web sites, consumers could unintentionally purchase toxic products.
The department cited a Hong Kong news report published late last year about a woman who suffered mercury poisoning…
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