Singapore’s Health Science Authority today (Nov 24) issued a health warning for Thailand import facial whitening cream, Meiyong. HSA found that the facial cream contain a high level of mercury, that may cause serious skin problems like rashes, irritation and blotchiness. Users of the product will also suffer numbness, dizziness and headaches, and long term use may lead to obesity, high blood pressure and kidney failure.

The product is likely to have been imported by local retailers or circulated through online shopping portals like Carousell. HSA warn consumers to be wary of products that claim miraculous effects like “super whitening”.

The sales of illegal health products are tenable to a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and/or fined up to $10,000 for each offence under the Poisons Act, or $5,000 for each offence under the Medicines Act.

Members of the public who have any information on the sale and supply of the illegal product may call 6866-3485 during office hours or email: hsa_is@hsa.gov.sg.