MoH bans sale, import of two cosmetic products

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THE Ministry of Health has banned the sale and import of two cosmetic products from Malaysia.

The products are Wonder Glow Day Cream and Wonder Glow Night Cream manufactured by Wonder Glow Cosmetics (M) Sdn Bnd No: 22, Tingkat 1, Jalan Ciku, 86000, Kluang, Johor, Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia.

Both cosmetics were tested and found to contain mercury, said a press statement from the Ministry of Health yesterday.

The statement added that the mercury found in these products can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to those using them.

“Mercury is a potent ingredient that is prohibited in cosmetic products as stipulated in the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007. Mercury is prohibited in cosmetic products due to its hazardous effects on human health. It is readily absorbed through the skin on topical application and tends to accumulate in the body. Exposure to mercury can cause skin rashes, memory loss and muscle weakness while high exposure may result in damage to the brain and kidneys. It is also extremely toxic to unborn children.”

The Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for the importation and/or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for the sale of said products.

The products are not allowed to be imported and sold in Brunei.

These products were found through post-marketing surveillance activities conducted by the Pharmacy Enforcement Section at retail outlets.

Members of the public using these products are advised to stop immediately. They should also consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions.

Those involved in the retail of these products (including marketing through social media) are hereby reminded that it is an offence under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations, 2007 to import and market cosmetic products in the local market without a Cosmetic Product Notification Acknowledgement Letter issued by the authority.

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 statement said.

The Ministry of Health would also like to call upon the public for their cooperation to report to the Pharmacy Enforcement Section if any of these products are still found on the market in the country.

The public can contact the Pharmacy Enforcement Section at 2393298 extension 208 or send an e-mail to pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn for more information.

They can also go directly to 1st Floor, Department of Pharmaceutical Services’ Building, Kg. Madaras, Mukim Gadong A.

The Brunei Times