The CBS News (3/8, Jaslow) “HealthPop” blog reports that the Food and Drug Administration has warned that some “skin creams, soaps and lotions that are manufactured overseas and sold in some US shops might contain toxic amounts of mercury.” The story quotes Gary Coody, the FDA’s national health fraud coordinator, as saying that “many of these products are coming into the country through channels we can’t easily track, such as international mail and personal baggage.” The blog entry adds that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reports that “mercury poisoning causes tremors, changes in vision or hearing, memory problems, depression, irritability,” and other symptoms….

CNN (3/8, Young) notes that Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, said that “FDA does not allow mercury in drugs or in cosmetics, except under very specific conditions, which these products do not meet.”