MoH bans six products for harmful substances

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THE Ministry of Health yesterday identified six cosmetic products containing undeclared substances including mercury and tretinoin..

The products were identified through post-marketing surveillance activities conducted by the Pharmacy Enforcement Section at retail outlets, the products are DNARS Skincare Normal/Jeragat-Day Cream, DNARS Skincare Normal/Jeragat-Snow Cream, Walet 2 in 1 Super Whitening Cream with Herbal Complex (white coloured), Walet 2 in 1 Super Whitening Cream with Herbal Complex (Yellow coloured), Nouvelles Visages-NV Cream AHA & UV and Tia Amelia-Krim Elvira.

The statement said that tests carried out by the laboratory of Drug Quality Control Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services under the ministry revealed that substances found in these products - mercury, hydroquinone and tretinoin - can cause adverse effects which can be hazardous.

Following these findings, the products are not allowed to be imported and sold in the sultanate.

The ministry advises those who have purchased or used the products to stop immediately and consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions.

The public have also been reminded that it is an offence under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations, 2007 to import and market cosmetic products in the local market (including online retail such as through Facebook) without a Cosmetic Product Notification Acknowledgement Letter from the relevant authority.

Anyone found guilty can be imposed a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment term not exceeding two years or both.

Members of the public are also encouraged to report to the ministry’s Pharmacy Enforcement Section if any of these products are still found on the market in this country.

The Brunei Times