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EcoWaste Coalition and Laban Konsyumer, Inc. Joint Press Release

Government Urged to Go After Importers, Distributors and Retailers of Toxic Cosmetics

Quezon City: Chemical safety and consumer protection groups today revealed the unabashed trade of mercury-containing skin whitening products despite being illegal to import, distribute and sell.

The EcoWaste Coalition and Laban Konsyumer, Inc. made the exposé ahead of the first Conference of Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury on September 24 to 29 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Minamata Convention, an international treaty, aims “to protect the human health and the environment from anthropogenic releases of mercury and mercury compounds.”  Among other things, it targets the phase-out of skin lightening products with mercury above one part per million (ppm).

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Mercury Treaty COP1 Video Displays

To supplement work at COP1, IPEN provided video and slideshow footage of how participating organizations are researching the effects of mercury poisoning. Below are the links to the videos displayed at the IPEN booth.

Click on the mercury bubble photo to see the full slideshow and video compilation. To view parts of the compilation separately, click on the corresponding photo. 

Activities

27 September, 2017

IPEN Participation in Thematic Sessions

The goal of the Thematic Session on Water was to examine how measures to reduce and control emissions and releases of mercury that end up in water bodies can relieve the environment of its mercury burden and decrease human exposure to mercury.

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