The Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned and ordered seized 16 cosmetic products, including sunscreen and skin-whitening creams, mostly from China, after discovering that they had no market authorization from the agency and are suspected of containing levels of metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic beyond allowable limits. Declaring that the products are “unsafe” and pose “imminent danger or injury to consumers because they were not manufactured in compliance with the standards of the Code of current Good Manufacturing Practice or cGMP,” FDA ordered that they be banned and seized from public sale and distribution.

“Continuous use of these products may cause adverse or allergic reactions that can result to severe or irreversible skin problem,” wrote FDA acting Director General Kenneth Hartigan-Go in FDA Advisory No. 2013-019. He also noted that all FDA-authorized cosmetic products labels should contain the following information: the name and address of the local company; a full ingredient listing; a batch code; and the date of manufacture or expiration date.