Red flag raised on two cosmetic products

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has raised the red flag on two cosmetic products found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent Western medicine. The products were tested by the Laboratory of Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, MoH.

The cosmetic products are Deeja Set 5 dalam 1 Kehebatan Luar Biasa Suf Cream and Bihan Girly Makeup BSkin Care 3x Brightening Effect – Treatment Cream.

Both products are manufactured in Malaysia and contain mercury.

The adulterant found in these products can cause adverse effects potentially hazardous to users.

Mercury is a potent ingredient that is prohibited in cosmetic products as stipulated in the Medicines (Cosmetic Products) Regulations 2007. It is prohibited 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.

The MoH has not issued any approval for the importation of sale and/or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for the products. These 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 immediately discontinue use. They should also consult a medical practitioner if they feel unwell or experience 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 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.

The penalty for contravening these regulations upon conviction is a fine not exceeding BND5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both.