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One Cosmetic Product Found Adulterated



The Ministry of Health would like to alert members of the public to one cosmetic product which have been tested by the laboratory of Pharmacy Laboratory Services, Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health and found to be adulterated with undeclared substance.


The affected cosmetic product is listed as below:


No.Name of productManufacturerAdulterated with
1.Deeja Cosmetic Keayuan Semula Jadi Set 5 dalam 1 – Star Cream Not StatedHydroquinone


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The adulterant found in this product can cause adverse effects that is potentially hazardous to the people using them.


Hydroquinone is used in western prescription medicines to treat skin conditions and is prohibited in skincare cosmetic products under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations. Unsupervised use of Hydroquinone may cause skin hypersensitivity, skin discoloration resulting in gradual darkening of the affected skin area and an increased risk of skin cancer.


The Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for the importation for the sale of this product and/or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for the sale of the affected product. Following this finding, the product is not allowed to be imported and sold in Brunei Darussalam.


Members of the public who have purchased or used this product are advised to stop using it immediately. They should also consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience any undesirable reactions as a result of using the product.


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 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 at 2393298 extension 208; send an e-mail to; go directly to 1st Floor, Department of Pharmaceutical Services Building, Kg Madaras, Mukim Gadong A; or call the Talian Darussalam 123.

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Reference     : KK/PR/3

Date               : 28 April 2018 / 12 Syaaban 1439H