MoH: Be wary of unauthorised, counterfeit cosmetics

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THE Ministry of Health (MoH) is urging members of the public not to buy beauty products from unauthorised sellers to avoid unwanted side effects such as swelling and allergic reactions.

“Do not buy cosmetic products from unfamiliar sources, such as unknown Internet websites or through social networks and be wary of products with exaggerated claims. Only purchase products from reputable sources,” said the health ministry.

In an email interview with The Brunei Times, the health ministry advised cosmetic enthusiasts to be wary when buying beauty products, especially from social media and cubeshops as their makeup may contain banned or hazardous ingredients.

With cosmetic products becoming popular in Brunei, duplicates of branded cosmetic products can be seen on sale at cubestores.

The health ministry said replica cosmetic products have previously been tested to contain high levels of bacteria and heavy metals.

These substances can potentially cause serious harm to its users.

“The low price of fake or counterfeit products may be due to the poorer quality of ingredients used, poor quality control in its manufacture, as well as low quality of container used,” said the ministry.

“Fake or counterfeit cosmetic products can potentially harm consumers and cause allergic reactions, swelling, redness, rashes and even infections.

“If these products are applied to regions of high risk organs such as the eyes, it may lead to an eye infection that, without the appropriate treatment, can lead to blindness,” they added.

The Ministry of Health also urged those buying and using makeup to study the quality of the packaging and labeling to avoid becoming a victim of counterfeit beauty products.

“Fake or counterfeit cosmetic product may have typo errors and the font size or type used may be different from the font used in the original packaging,” said the ministry.

“Also take note if there is any differences in the colour of the packaging,” they said, adding that counterfeit makeup is also priced significantly lower than the authentic product.

The public is reminded that it is an offence under the Medicines Regulations, 2007 to import and market cosmetic products in the local market without a Cosmetic Product Notification Acknowledgement Letter issued by the authority.

These include the marketing and selling of such products via online retail such as through Facebook, Instagram and other similar social media.

Any cosmetic company that fails to comply with the regulations shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding B$5,000 or 2 years in prison or both if convicted.

The Brunei Times