A health product and one type of cosmetic product have been found to adulterate with undeclared, potent western medicines. The finding resulted from a laboratory test conducted by the Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health.

The adulterated health product is Garcinia Cambogia Booster Capsule which contains Sildenafil, while the adulterated cosmetic product is SS-II Cosmetic 5 in 1 Serlahkan Kejelitaanmu - Herbal Cream by Qemrich Sendirian Berhad Malaysia which contains mercury. The adulterants found in these products can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to the consumers or users. The Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for the importation for the sale of these products 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 involved in the retail of these products, including online retail such as through Facebook and others 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 $8,000 or six months' imprisonment.

Meanwhile, 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.

For further information and communication, the public may contact the Compliance and Licensing Section at 2393298 extension 208; send an e-mail to pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn; go directly to 1st Floor, Compliance and Licensing Section, Department of Pharmaceutical Services' Building, Kg. Madaras, Mukim Gadong A; or call the Talian Darussalam 123.

Source:: Radio Television Brunei