The Ministry of Health would like to alert members of the public to three cosmetic products 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 products are listed as below:
|No.||Name of product||Manufacturer||Adulterated with|
|1.||Moleek Skincare Anti Pigmentation Cream Beauty & Flawless||Distributed by Sejagat Global Resources||Hydroquinone and Tretinoin|
|2.||SYL Stay Younger Lotion Special Medicated Facial Lotion Total Skincare product with Anti-Ageing Property||Deskey General Merchandise, Philippines||Hydroquinone and Tretinoin|
|3.||Fantasy Skincare Formulasi terbaik dengan Estrak Minyak Argan, Estrak Bearberry, Estrak Betik – Krim Malam||D'Herbs Holdings (M) Sdn Bhd, Selangor ||Hydroquinone|
The adulterant found in these products can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to the people using them.
The unsupervised use of Hydroquinone may cause skin hypersensitivity, skin discolouration resulting in gradual darkening of the affected skin area and an increased risk of skin cancer.
Tretinoin are potent ingredients 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 now cancelled the Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for SYL Stay Younger Lotion Special Medicated Facial Lotion Total Skincare product with Anti-Ageing Property. As for the rest of the products, the Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for the importation 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 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 Health Regulations Services if any of these products are still found on the market in this country.
For further information and communication, the public may contact the Health Regulations Services at 238418 during office hours, or send an e-mail to email@example.com or go directly to Health Regulations Services, 1st Floor, Ministry of Health, Commonwealth Drive, Brunei Darussalam. The public may also contact Talian Darussalam 123 for any other enquiries.
Health Regulations Services
Ministry of Health