COSMETIC PRODUCT FOUND ADULTERATED
The Ministry of Health would like to alert members of the public to ONE cosmetic product, which has been tested by the Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health and found to be adulterated with an undeclared substance.
The affected cosmetic product is listed below:
|No.||Name of product||Manufacturer||Adulterated with|
|AZZALEA BY CAMIRA – QUEEN CREAM||GUANGZHOU MEISHENG COSMETICS CO. LTD, CHINA||MERCURY|
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The adulterant found in this product can cause adverse effects that is potentially hazardous to the people 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 exposures 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 this product. Following these findings, this product is not allowed to be imported and sold in Brunei Darussalam.
Members of the public who have purchased or used this product is 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.
Members of the public involved in the retail of this product (including online retail such as through Facebook, etc.) 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, where 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 Ministry of Health would also like to call upon the public for their cooperation to report to the Pharmacy Enforcement Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services if this product is still found on the market in this country.
For further information and communication, the public may contact the Pharmacy Enforcement Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services, Brunei Darussalam at 2392398 / 2393301 / 2393230 Ext 208; send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; go directly to the Pharmacy Enforcement Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services Building, Spg 433, Rimba Highway, Kg Madaras, Mukim Gadong 'A', Brunei Darussalam; or call the Talian Darussalam 123.
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Reference : KK/PR/3
Date : 12 March 2018 / 24 Jamadilakhir 1439