7 products declared hazardous
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Ministry of Health yesterday identified another three health products and four cosmetic products containing undeclared substances.
The ministry in a statement yesterday announced that tests carried out by the laboratory of Drug Quality Control Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health (MoH) revealed that substances found in these products can cause adverse effects which are potentially hazardous to users.
Found through post-marketing surveillance activities conducted by the Pharmacy Enforcement Section at retail outlets, the products are Obat Tradisional Super Kecetit Asam Tablet; BodySlim Herbal Capsule; 7 Day Slim Capsule; Dara Anggun-Glow Glowing Beauty Skin, Night Glowing; Dara Anggun-Glow Glowing Beauty Skin, Night Glow; Wonder Glow Super Ultra Glowing Cream Version SPF45++ Day Cream; and Wonder Glow Super Ultra Glowing Cream Version SPF45++ Night Cream.
According to the ministry it has not issued any approval for the importation and/or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for the sale of the rest of the affected products. Following these findings, the products are not allowed to be imported and sold in Brunei Darussalam.
Members of the public who have purchased or used these products are advised to stop using them immediately. They should also consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions as a result of using them.
The statement added that members of the public involved in the retail of these products (including online retail such as through Facebook, etc.) are reminded that it is an offence under the Poisons Act 1956 to sell any product containing any substance controlled under the said Act.
The penalty for such an offence upon conviction, is a fine of $8,000 or six months’ imprisonment, the ministry stated. Furthermore, if a person commits an act that amounts to such a degree of negligence so as to endanger or be likely to endanger human life, then such person shall be guilty of an offence which carries a penalty of a fine of $16,000 and 12 months’ imprisonment.
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 ministry reminded.
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 Brunei Times