MoH bans sale of some products

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Health (MoH) has ordered stores and online retailers to stop selling certain health and cosmetics products as they’ve been found to contain harmful substances.

The affected products are Chantique Beauty Slimming Herbal capsules, Qu Puteh Kosmetik Whitening Pro 9 cream and Qu Puteh Kosmetik Whitening UV Block.

In a statement yesterday, the ministry said the products have been tested by the Drug Quality Control Section under the Department of Pharmaceutical Services.

The Chantique Beauty Slimming Herbal capsules were found to contain spironolactone while the two cosmetics products were found to contain mercury.

These substances can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to users of the products.

Unsupervised consumption of spironolactone causes malaise, confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, breast discomfort and enlargement, irregular periods, cramps, hair loss and skin rashes.

Mercury is a potent ingredient that is prohibited in cosmetics products as stipulated in the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007 as it has hazardous effects on human health.

Being exposed to mercury can cause skin rashes, memory loss, muscle weakness and damage to the brain and kidneys. Mercury is also toxic to unborn children.

The ministry said the contaminated products aren’t allowed to be imported and sold in the sultanate.

The ministry is advising anyone who has purchased the products to stop using them immediately and consult a medical practitioner if they are feeling unwell or experiencing undesirable reactions.

Those involved in the retail sale of these products, including online retailers, are reminded that it is an offence under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007 to import and market cosmetics products without a Cosmetic Product Notification Acknowledgement Letter.

The penalty for contravening this regulation upon conviction is a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.

The ministry also called on the public to report to the Pharmacy Enforcement Section if any of the affected products are still being sold in the local market.

For further information, contact the section at 2393298 ext 208, at pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn or visit the section at Kg Madaras in Mukim Gadong A.

The Brunei Times