Officers: Tainted face cream with harmful ranges of mercury leaves California lady in semi-comatose state


FRESNO, California — The California Division of Public Well being says a tainted bottle of Pond’s face cream with harmful ranges of mercury has left a Sacramento lady in a semi-comatose state.

“What we all know is the product got here from Jalisco, Mexico and got here throughout the border and we do not know at what level the product was contaminated,” stated Senior Well being Program Coordinator Yvonne Rodriguez.

The division’s lengthy checklist of merchandise containing harmful ranges of the chemical are comparable as they had been created in different international locations.

Many had been present in a number of California counties.

“It is regarding; it is difficult to attempt to monitor down how they’re getting distributed, as a result of as quickly as possibly one merchandising operation is shut down, one other one can pop up,” stated Dr. Rais Vohra with California Poison Management of Fresno/Madera.

Dr. Vorah stated the chemical is usually present in pores and skin lightening lotions or merchandise aimed toward clearing blemishes, however with an unlawful quantity of mercury inside, the implications could be lethal.

“It could possibly have an effect on each organ system. It is a very potent poison to the nervous system,” Vorah stated.

Dr. Vorah who practices at Neighborhood Regional Medical Middle in Fresno stated medical doctors there have not had any circumstances, however they do get calls concerning mercury poisoning from all around the state.

That is why he stated it is necessary to pay attention to the signs.

“If they’ve any tingling of their pores and skin or of their face, wherever they’re utilizing this mercury poison,” Vorah stated.

Vorah stated if anybody notices any of those signs to cease utilizing the cream and go to the physician instantly. He suggested shoppers to have a look at suspicious or hand-made labels on containers, or simply purchase the lotions from a good market.