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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mexican Cream Pulled

MEXICO CITY () -- Mexican health authorities said Monday they have pulled a beauty cream from stores in the wake of reports that the product caused mercury poisoning among users in the United States.

The Secretariat of Health said tests found high concentrations of mercury in Manning's Beauty Cream, which is manufactured in the northern state of Tamaulipas, according to the government news agency Notimex.

U.S. health officials have said that the cream contains as much as 3,000 times the amount of mercury allowed under U.S. law. The cream's label says it can be used for skin lightening, wrinkle reduction, greasy skin and pimples. Mercury affects the skin and kidneys and may cause inflammation of the gums. Prolonged exposure can also affect the nervous system, causing irritability, memory loss, impaired coordination and tremors.