MoH bans cosmetic product

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THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued a warning against the use and sale of a cosmetic product, “Esther Bleaching Cream”, which has been found to be contaminated with mercury.

The ministry in a press statement yesterday stated that the prohibited ingredient can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to users.

Skin rashes, memory loss and muscle weakness, as well as damage to the brains and kidneys, are all possible effects of various degrees of exposure to mercury.

The product was collected through post-marketing surveillance activities conducted by the Pharmacy Enforcement Section at retail outlets, the statement read.

The ministry stated that it has not issued any approval for the importation or sale of the product.

It is an offence under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations Act 2007 to import and market cosmetic products in Brunei – even through online retail activities via social networks – without a Cosmetic Product Notification Acknowledgement Letter issued by MoH.

The penalty for contravening these regulations (upon conviction) is a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or both.

The ministry has also sought public cooperation to report to the Pharmacy Enforcement Section, if the product is still found in the market. - Amanda Yap

The Brunei Times