The Ministry of Health (MoH) warned the public about four food products that were found to contain harmful substances such as Sildenafil and Tadalafil following testing by the Department of Scientific Services under MoH on a number of food product samples taken from the local market.
The use of these substances in food is prohibited under the Public Health Regulations (Food), (PI Chapter 182).
The products are ST Café’s Hari-Hari Mau Coffee, manufactured by BioNurti Health and Care Malaysia, and Oasis Brazilian Pronto Kopi Mix (3 in 1) manufactured by Herbal Synergy Sdn Bhd Malaysia containing Sildenafil and Tadalafil, while Kopi 29 Plus Energy Through Nature manufactured by Multi Energy Trading Malaysia, and Natural Herbs Coffee H Extra Power 100 per cent Natural manufactured by Shifanah Resources Malaysia contain Tadalafil.
Sildenafil and Tadalafil are controlled substances under the 1956 Poison Act (Chapter 114) and used to treat male impotency and can only be prescribed by a qualified doctor or physician.
Among their side effects include nausea, vomiting, flushing and dizziness.
In severe cases, they can also result in abnormal increase in heart rate, sudden loss of hearing and seizures.
The ministry advised consumers who have the products to stop their consumption and must submit them to the Food Safety and Quality Division under the Department of Environmental Health Services or any health office within the districts for destruction, while importers and merchants should recall the products from the market and submit them to the Food Safety and Quality Division under the Department of Environmental Health Services or any health office within the districts for destruction.
The ministry also informed the public that under Chapter 9 of subsection (I) sub-paragraph (a) of the Public Health Act (Food) (Chapter 182), anyone preparing, selling or importing food that can be harmful to health can be imprisoned up to five years or fined, or both.
The public is reminded that it is an offence under Section 17 of the 1956 Poison Act (Chapter 114) to sell any product containing controlled substances. Anyone found to violate the provision can be fined up to BND8,000 or imprisoned for six months if found guilty.
Anyone who commits an act out of his or her own negligence that harms or is potentially harmful to human life can be fined as much as BND16,000 and 12 months’ imprisonment if found guilty.
Information on the importation of food products can be obtained from the Food Safety and Quality Division under the Department of Environmental Health Services at the MoH at 2237417 or fax at 2237467.
Information on controlled poisonous substances under the Poison Act can be obtained from the Pharmacy Enforcement Section at 2393298 ext 208, fax at 2393291 or email at [email protected]