Amazon Won’t Stop Selling Toxic Products In the U.S.


It started in 2014, when a California-based civil enforcer Larry Lee found dangerous levels of mercury in skin-lightening creams sold on Amazon.

Exported mercury, a liquid metal, is already banned in the U.S. because of its dangerous effects on the body and the environment, but the laws are even stricter in California. The state’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (also called Proposition 65) requires that companies label products that contain significant amounts of chemicals on its list of hazardous substances. Amazon had no such label on the skin creams, which often contain various chemicals that can cause birth defects, kidney problems, and scarring. Read Full Article - Vice, July 1, 2019