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Cosmetic Products Found Adulterated in the Market

The Ministry of Health would like to alert members of the public to four (4) types of cosmetic products which have been tested by the Laboratory of Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health and found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent western medicine.

           

The affected cosmetic products are as listed below:

 

No.Name of productManufacturerAdulterated with
1.Jelita Farra Serlah Kejelitaanmu Skincare 5 in 1 – Day CreamMalaysiaMercury
2.Jelita Farra Serlah Kejelitaanmu Skincare 5 in 1 – Cream TreatmentMalaysiaTretinoin
3.Jelita Farra Serlah Kejelitaanmu Skincare 5 in 1 –Cream HerbalMalaysiaMercury
4.L'Abeauty Set Jeragat – Pigment Booster Night CreamNot StatedMercury

 

The adulterant found in this product can cause adverse effects that are 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.

 

Tretinoin is used in western prescription medicines to treat skin conditions and is prohibited in skincare cosmetic products under the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations. Inappropriate use of tretinoin could lead to redness, peeling and scarring of the skin.

 

The Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for the importation for the sale of these products and/or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for the sale of the rest of 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.

 

Members of the public involved in the retail of these products (including online retail such as through Facebook, etc.) are hereby reminded that it is an offence under the Poisons Act 1956 to sell any product containing any substance controlled under the said Act and the penalty for such an offence upon conviction, is a fine of $8,000 or six months' imprisonment. 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. The public are also 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 Compliance and Licensing Section if any of these products are still found on the market in this country.

 

For further information and communication, the public may contact the Compliance and Licensing Section at 2393298 extension 208; send an e-mail to pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn; go directly to 1st Floor, Compliance and Licensing Section, 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               : 21 January 2019 / 15 Jamadialawal 1440H


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