Cosmetics containing lead and mercury seized in Derby

Five of ten products seized from a shop in Derby were found to contain mercury or lead

Cosmetic products containing mercury and lead have been seized from a shop in Derby.

Trading standards officers discovered 10 products at the premises, five of which were found to be unsafe.

Lead and mercury were found in skin whitening cream and hair tonic. All 10 products were incorrectly labelled, Derby City Council said.

The products will now be destroyed and a survey of other shops carried out across the city.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, from Derby City Council, said: "It's important that consumers and traders are aware of exactly what is in these products."

Mr Afzal, cabinet member for the environment and public protection, said: "If people use these products on a regular basis it can lead to brain damage, kidney failure and damage to the nervous system."

He said the products were manufactured outside of Europe and were not regulated.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Derby



Min. Night 15 °C

BBC Local Live


    The live updates have finished for the day. BBC Local Live will be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday.

    Cloudy and mild night 17:54: Sara Blizzard BBC Weather

    Mist and low cloud will roll in from the east overnight, giving fog and drizzle in places with lows of 14C (57F).

    Rugby club homes plan 17:42:

    Plans for 200 homes on the site of a former rugby club in Somercotes have been submitted.

    Amber Valley Rugby Club

    Campaigners have raised concerns the land could be contaminated by nearby former landfills but developers said tests showed it was safe.

    Slow traffic on A38 17:31:

    BBC Travel News says there's slow traffic on the A38 northbound in Derby between the A516 junction and Markeaton Island in the roadworks area.

    Clampdown on parents' parking 17:21: Burton Mail

    Inconsiderate parents parking dangerously outside schools in South Derbyshire have been warned that police are about to get tough as they clamp down on the issue.

    Help shape our future 17:05: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us how you'd like to see the service develop.

    News on the hour 16:57: Wesley Mallin Newsreader, BBC Derby

    An inquest into the death of four people in a house fire in North Wingfield last year has heard from a seven-year-old survivor. More on this in my 17:00 bulletin.

    Stephen's legacy 16:51: Dean Pepall BBC Radio Derby presenter

    At 17:15 I'll be finding out how hundreds of thousands of pounds collected by teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton will be used to help young people with cancer in the East Midlands. Listen live.

    Stephen Sutton funeral
    Rams forward could return 16:31:

    Derby County boss Steve McClaren says Jamie Ward could return to the Rams starting line-up against Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

    Jamie Ward celebrating his goal at Charlton

    The Northern Ireland forward has been struggling with a hamstring injury but has now returned to training.

    Water emergency 16:12:

    A burst water main has led to part of Nottingham Road in Somercotes being closed, reports BBC Travel News.

    House price calculator 16:03: Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    Earlier we brought you news the East Midlands is one of six UK regions with average house prices higher than the pre-financial crisis peak.

    You can find out where you can afford to live with this house price calculator.

    Latest headlines 15:56: Wesley Mallin Newsreader, BBC Derby

    A women who lived next door to a house in North Derbyshire where four people were killed in a fire has told an inquest she went back to sleep despite hearing a smoke alarm.

    I'll have more on this in my 16:00 bulletin.

    Pig farm's 'human health risk' 15:52: Dave Wade BBC News Online

    A "mega" pig farm for 25,000 animals poses a significant risk to human health, the Soil Association has said.

    Pigs on farm

    More than 32,000 people have signed an online petition against the farm in Scropton, Derbyshire, plans for which have gone on show.

    Fergie surprises pub regulars 15:39: Derby Telegraph

    Legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made an unexpected lunchtime visit to a South Derbyshire pub at the weekend.

    Fugitive burglar captured 15:29:

    A convicted burglar who has been on the run from Sudbury open prison for almost three months has been arrested in Surrey.

    Adam Yaroo

    Adam James Yaroo was two years into a four-year sentence when he absconded on 23 June.

    M1 delays 15:20:

    A lane is closed on the M1 southbound at J29 because of a broken down vehicle, warns BBC Travel News.

    DRI site for sale 15:09: BBC Radio Derby

    The site of the old Derby Royal Infirmary has been put on the market.

    Marketing Derby is pushing for a sale of the 18.5 acre site, which has outline planning permission for food and retail units and about 400 homes.

    Your feedback 14:55: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like to know what you think about our news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Live cricket commentary 14:40: Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    Derbyshire's teenage wicket-keeper Harvey Hosein has pouched another catch in Surrey's second innings, after becoming a Championship record-breaker yesterday.

    Harvey Hosein

    You can listen to live cricket commentary here.

    Inquest: Neighbour 'went back to sleep' 14:30: Matthew Barlow Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    The neighbour of a Derbyshire house where four people died in a fire, has told an inquest she went back to sleep despite hearing a smoke alarm.

    Josie Leighton with her son Tyler Green

    We will have more on this on BBC Radio Derby this afternoon.

    Three arrested over robbery 14:17: Alex Homer BBC Local Live

    Three men have been arrested in connection with a robbery at the Co-operative store in Spondon at about 20:50 yesterday.

    The men - aged 23, 35 and 38 - were arrested on suspicion of robbery and are currently being questioned by detectives.

    Spondon robbery cordon lifted 14:04: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    The cordon outside Spondon's Co-operative supermarket on Sitwell Street has been taken down after a robbery last night. The store is open as normal.

    The Co-operative supermarket
    News on the hour 13:56: Wesley Mallin Newsreader, BBC Derby

    Police have arrested three men in connection with a robbery at the Co-operative store in Spondon last night. You can hear more on this in the news bulletin at 14:00.

    Queen's bench destroyed 13:44:

    Arsonists have destroyed a commemorative bench installed at Sandiacre's Stoney Clouds for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

    Burned bench

    The bench was one of 60 seats installed by Erewash Borough Council to mark the occasion in 2012.

    Teenage record breaker 13:33:

    Derbyshire's Harvey Hosein has become the youngest wicketkeeper to take seven catches in the Championship.

    The 18-year-old, from Chesterfield, said: "I didn't realise when I was out there but as soon as I got back to the changing room they told me some kind of record had been broken.

    "I looked to do my usual thing out there and that was just a bonus to get the records."

    Coming up 13:20: East Midlands Today

    We will hear how the seven-year-old daughter of a woman who died in a house fire tried to raise the alarm by banging on a neighbour's door at 13:30 on BBC One.

    The blaze in North Wingfield claimed the lives of three other people. Watch the programme here.

    Video: Proton clinic 13:08:

    A Derbyshire charity is paying for five-year-old Ashya King to undergo proton beam treatment in the Czech Republic.

    Jenny Hill at Proton Therapy Centre

    BBC News's Jenny Hill visited Prague's Proton Therapy Centre to find out what the treatment entails.

    News on the hour 12:57: Wesley Mallin Newsreader, BBC Derby

    In the 13:00 bulletin our top story is an inquest that has heard how a young girl tried unsuccessfully to alert neighbours to a house fire which killed four people in North Wingfield, north Derbyshire. Listen live here.

    Chesterfield Hotel finances 12:43: Derbyshire Times

    The company which owns Chesterfield Hotel has just £5 in the bank, the Derbyshire Times has learned.

    Latest accounts submitted to Companies House also show Accelerator Concepts Ltd - which took over the running of the hotel last October - has total liabilities of £3,500.

    Sunny afternoon 12:29: Charlie Slater BBC Weather

    This afternoon we should see plenty of sunshine and blue skies as the cloud thins and breaks, with temperatures reaching about 20C (68F).

    Fire deaths inquest 12:18: Matthew Barlow Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    An inquest has started into the deaths of four people in a house fire in North Wingfield.

    North Wingfield fire

    Josie Leighton, 32, her sons, nine-year-old Tyler and 12-year-old Jordan, and her friend Claire James, 27, died in the fire.

    The inquest heard that Ms James' seven-year-old daughter Tia unsuccessfully tried to alert neighbours to the fire, which happened on Williamthorpe Road in November.

    Roberts to miss Preston clash 12:06:

    Chesterfield winger Gary Roberts will miss tonight's trip to Preston North End with a hamstring injury.

    Gary Roberts

    PNE are unbeaten at home in the league since December.

    News on the hour 11:56: Sally Swinfen Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 12:00 bulletin I'll bring you the latest from an inquest into the deaths of four people in a house fire in North Wingfield last year.

    Proton treatment 'milder' 11:50: BBC Radio Derby

    Mike Hyman is from Derbyshire-based charity Kids 'n' Cancer, which is paying for Ashya King's proton beam treatment in Prague.

    He said: "It's not like having chemotherapy or traditional radiation, it's much milder because it's more targeted.

    "They can send in a higher dose without the rest of the effects that happen to the body."

    National role for fire boss 11:37:

    Staffordshire's Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford has been appointed President of the Chief Fire Officers Association.

    Peter Dartford

    The association represents chief fire officers, senior managers and executives from fire and rescue services across the UK.

    Watch record-breaking keeper's catches 11:27:

    England and Wales Cricket Board tweets its congratulations to record-breaking Derbyshire's young wicket-keeper Harvey Hosein.

    Fans can see three of Hosein's seven catches on debut here.

    Stanton Ironworks concerns 'ignored' 11:14: Ilkeston Advertiser

    A parish council claims its concerns over 2,000 new homes planned for the former Stanton Ironworks have not been listened to.

    Your photos: Bakewell 11:05: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    Thanks to David Hudson for sending us this photo of Bakewell.


    Email or tweet us your finest shots of Derbyshire and I'll show the best on Local Live.

    News on the hour 10:58: Sally Swinfen Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    In the 11:00 bulletin we will hear from residents who want more reassurances about contamination on the site where 200 new homes are planned in Somercotes. Listen live here.

    House prices recover 10:48:

    The East Midlands is one of six UK regions with average house prices higher than the pre-financial crisis peak, official figures show.

    The other regions are the West Midlands, South West England, London, South East England and East England.

    Library closed after robbery 10:33:

    Derby City Council tweets: Spondon Library currently closed due to police investigation at nearby incident. We're not sure when it will open, but will keep you posted

    Christmas gesture 10:23: BBC Radio Derby

    A woman from Derby is organising a free Boxing Day meal for 85 older people who will be spending Christmas by themselves.

    Lauren Brown said she wanted to help people who were lonely and plans to organise a talent contest to raise money for the event.

    Wanted: Your photos 10:07: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    Wendy Scott's superb photo of Ladybower Reservoir is our new Facebook cover image.

    Facebook cover photo featuring Ladybower Reservoir

    If you've taken any pics you think would look good on our Facebook page, send them to

    News on the hour 09:58: Sally Swinfen Newsreader, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 10:00 bulletin, I'll have more on concerns from residents about plans to build 200 new homes in Somercotes.

    Somercotes homes plan 09:52: BBC Radio Derby

    Plans have been submitted to build 200 new homes on the site of Amber Valley Rugby Club in Somercotes.

    Residents have raised concerns about chemical contamination at the site but developers say it is low-grade and could remain in place, although the borough council will have the final say on how it is dealt with.

    Record-breaking debut 09:37:

    Derbyshire's 18-year-old wicketkeeper Harvey Hosein took seven catches on his first-class debut yesterday, setting a new Championship record.

    Harvey Hosein

    Day two starts at 10:30 with Derbyshire on 164-5 in response to Surrey's 181 total.

    Brewers 'have moved on' 09:23: Owen Bradley BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin says Burton Albion's impressive start to the season shows the players have put last season's play-off final defeat behind them.

    The Brewers head to Wimbledon tonight three points clear at the top of League Two and looking for a fifth straight win.

    Spondon shop robbery 09:09: BBC Radio Derby

    Police are investigating a robbery at the Co-operative supermarket in Spondon last night.

    The area around the store has been cordoned off following the raid, which happened shortly before 21:00.

    News on the hour 08:58: Sally Swinfen Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    In my 09:00 bulletin I'll have more on Ashya King starting his proton beam treatment in Prague, funded by a Derbyshire charity.

    Missing man found 08:53:

    A man who went missing from his home in Melbourne has been found safe and well.

    John Davidson, 55, disappeared on Saturday, but police say he was found in Shepshed, near Loughborough, yesterday afternoon.

    • News, sport, travel, weather for Tues 16 Sept
    • More updates from 08:00 on Wednesday
    • Listen to BBC Radio Derby
    Where should our flag go? 08:40: Rob Watts Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

    With Derbyshire Day fast approaching, this week we're trying to find somewhere really prominent to fly our big Derbyshire flag.

    Derbyshire flag

    This morning I'm at Ripley Town Hall, which was nominated by a listener yesterday. You can still submit your ideas on Facebook.

    Parents jailed over truancy 08:26: Derby Telegraph

    Four parents have been jailed and five others given suspended prison terms in a blitz on truancy in Derby.

    Ashya treatment starts 08:14: BBC Radio Derby

    A course of treatment has started in Prague for Ashya King, the boy with a brain tumour whose parents were arrested for taking him out of a hospital in this country.

    Ashya King

    The proton beam treatment has been paid for by the North Derbyshire charity Kids 'n' Cancer.

    Swarkestone crash delays 08:05:

    A four-vehicle accident has closed a lane of the A50 eastbound in Swarkestone, warns BBC Travel News.

    Sunny day 08:03: Charlie Slater BBC Weather

    After a misty and murky start it should become a largely dry and bright day with sunny spells throughout and highs of 21C (70F).

    Good morning 08:00: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you all of today's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Email or tweet us if you'd like to contribute a photo or comment on any subject.



BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.