| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
THE Ministry of Health has banned six types of “energy” coffee products after laboratory tests showed that they contain harmful substances.
In a press release yesterday, the ministry identified the products as ‘Kopi Harimau Hari Hari Mau’, ‘Adeline, Stretchamax Café’, ‘Nature Finest Brazilian Catuaba’, ‘ORI Strong Man Coffee (Natural Herbs Coffee)’, ‘Kopi Perkasa Stevia Sugar’ and ‘Extreme, Energy Coffee’.
The ministry warned that these coffee products contained Sildenafil and Tadalafil, which are controlled substances used to treat impotence and listed under the Poisons Act 1956 (Cap 114). The use of the two substances requires a doctor’s prescription and supervision.
The ministry said the side-effects of consuming the two substances are nausea, vomiting, redness of the face and dizziness. In serious cases, the consumption of the substances can also cause increased heartbeat, sudden loss of hearing and convulsions.
The use of these substances in food is also prohibited under the Public Health Regulation (Food), said the ministry, which added that it has never authorised the import or sale of these products.
The authorities have banned the import and sale of these coffee products in Brunei Darussalam following the discovery of Sildenafil and Tadalafil in them.
The ministry advised consumers, who have these products, to stop taking them and to hand them over to the Food Quality Control Division, Department of Health Services or health officers in the districts to be destroyed.
Importers and traders must remove these products from their shelves and hand them over to the Department of Health Services or health officers in the districts to be destroyed.
The ministry also warned that under Chapter 9, Subsection (1) sub-paragraph (i) of the Public Health Act (Food) (Cap 182), individuals who are found guilty of preparing, selling or importing food that can be harmful to people’s health can be jailed for five years or fined or both.
It is also an offence under Section 17 of the Poison Act 1956 (Cap 114) to sell any products containing controlled substances under the Act. Those who violate this provision can be fined $8,000 or jailed six months, if found guilty.
More information on the import of food products can be obtained from the Food Quality Control Division, Environmental Health Services, Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health, Jalan Delima Dua, Berakas.
Information on controlled substances under the Poisons Act can be acquired from the Pharmacy Enforcement Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services, 1st Floor, Department of Pharmaceutical Services Building, Kampong Madaras, Brunei Darussalam or email email@example.com.