Adulterated Cosmetic Product

A cosmetic product, which has been tested by the Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health, were found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent western medicine.

The cosmetic product, 'Batrisya Beauty Kunyit Kemboja Skincare Four-in-One P.U.T.I.H K.E.K.A.L' contained mercury which is a potent ingredient that is prohibited in cosmetic products as stipulated in the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007, as it can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to the people using them. The Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for the importation for the sale of this product. Following this finding, the product is not allowed to be imported and sold in the country.

Members of the public involved in the retail of these products (including online retail) 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 thousand dollars or six 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 thousand dollars, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.

For more information, contact the Compliance and Licensing Section at 2393298 extension 208; send an e-mail to pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn or meet directly with Compliance and Licensing officers at first floor of Department of Pharmaceutical Services' in Kampung Madaras.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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