CHP urges public again not to use a whitening cream product suspected to contain excessive mercury content (with photo)

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (February 10) appealed to members of the public again not to use a whitening cream product as it may contain excessive mercury, which is harmful to health.
      The CHP yesterday (February 9) received a notification of a suspected mercury poisoning case from the Hospital Authority (HA) involving a female patient aged 40. The patient was found to have proteinuria (presence of excess proteins in urine) after admission to hospital and reported using a product, namely "Goree Day and Night Beauty Cream" (see photo) for several months. Her urine sample revealed a mercury level higher than the reference level, which was clinically suspected to be related to the use of the above product. The patient is in a stable condition and has been discharged.
     Testing by the HA revealed that there is excessive mercury in the product "Goree Day and Night Beauty Cream". The case has been referred to the relevant law enforcement agency for follow-up.
     Following two mercury poisoning cases suspected to be related to the product under the brand name "Goree" announced on November 2 last year (, the CHP had received notifications of another three similar cases (including the case announced today) which involved three females aged 34, 40 and 45.

      "Chronic exposure to mercury can cause damage to the nervous system and kidneys. Symptoms may include tremors, irritability, insomnia, memory deterioration, concentration difficulty, impaired hearing and vision, and change in the taste function. In severe cases, renal failure may occur," a spokesman for the CHP said.
      The spokesman strongly urged people who are using this product to stop using immediately. They should consult healthcare professionals as soon as possible if they feel unwell or are in doubt.

Ends/Friday, February 10, 2023
Issued at HKT 18:35