One cosmetic product is found to be adulterated with undeclared, potent western medicine. The tests were carried out by the Laboratory of Pharmacy Section, Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health.

The affected product is Skin Detox Face Range Organic 3 in 1 Skincare - Magic Night Cream which contains mercury, which can cause adverse effects that are potentially hazardous to the people using them. The use of mercury in cosmetic products is banned as it can cause hazardous health problems. The Ministry of Health has not issued any approval for importation for the sale of this product or Cosmetic Notification Acknowledgement Letter for the sale of this product. Following these findings, the product is not allowed to be imported and sold in Brunei Darussalam.

Members of the public involved in the retail of this product, including online retail such as through Facebook, 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 authorities in the Ministry of Health, if found guilty, a fine of not more than five thousand ringgit or jail of more than 2 years or both will be imposed.

For further information, contact the Compliance and Licensing Section 2393298, extension 208; or email to Pharmacy.enforcement@moh.gov.bn; or meet with the Compliance and Licensing Officer in the first floor, Department of Pharmaceutical Services Building, Kg. Madaras, Mukim Gadong A; or contact talian Darussalam 123.

Source: Radio Television Brunei