BANNED PROD­UCTS STILL ON SALE

Health Min­istry iden­ti­fies 8 cos­metic prod­ucts with sched­uled poi­son

New Straits Times - - News -

FAIRUZ MOHD SHA­HAR PU­TRA­JAYA news@nst.com.my

SOME beauty and health stores still sell cos­metic prod­ucts that are banned by the Health Min­istry for con­tain­ing sched­uled poi­son. Checks by the New Straits Times at three beauty and health out­lets in Presint Di­plo­matik here showed that two stores were sell­ing banned cos­metic prod­ucts — one was sell­ing Dnars Nar Cream-Sen­si­tive, and an­other was sell­ing Moleek Day Cream.

When asked if they knew that the prod­ucts con­tained poi­son, the op­er­a­tors said they were not aware.

“If the cream is toxic, that is be­cause the prod­uct is fake. I sell only orig­i­nal prod­ucts. Fur­ther­more, the Health Min­istry con­ducts reg­u­lar in­spec­tion at my store,” said the store op­er­a­tor who sold the Dnars Nar Cream-Sen­si­tive.

She said she would stop sell­ing and dis­tribut­ing the cream if the min­istry in­structed her to do so.

The seller who sold the Moleek Day Cream, how­ever, pre­ferred to keep mum.

Yes­ter­day, the min­istry warned con­sumers not to buy and use eight cos­metic prod­ucts con­tain­ing sched­uled poi­son, which could be harm­ful to health.

The prod­ucts were Moleek Day Cream; Adel Mir­a­cle Flaw­less Serum, Ah Beauty Night Cream, NDZ UV Whiten­ing, Snow Cream Nor­mal, Snow Cream Sen­si­tive, Dnars Nar Cream-Sen­si­tive and Ell­fie Night Cream.

Moleek Day Cream, Adel Mir­a­cle Flaw­less Serum and Ah Beauty Night Cream were found to con­tain mer­cury; NDZ UV Whiten­ing has hy­dro­quinone; and Snow Cream Nor­mal, Snow Cream Sen­si­tive, Dnars Nar Cream-Sen­si­tive and Ell­fie Night Cream con­tain hy­dro­quinone and tretinoin.

Health Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah said the no­ti­fi­ca­tions of the prod­ucts had been re­voked by the min­istry’s phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ser­vices se­nior di­rec­tor af­ter sched­uled poi­sons were de­tected in them.

“Prod­ucts con­tain­ing hy­dro­quinone and tretinoin are phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal items that need to be reg­is­tered with the Drug Con­trol Author­ity and can only be used with ad­vice from health pro­fes­sion­als.

“Cos­metic prod­ucts with hy­dro­quinone can cause red­ness of the skin, dis­com­fort, un­de­sir­able skin dis­coloura­tion and hy­per­sen­si­tive skin. The use of hy­dro­quinone can re­duce skin pro­tec­tion from UV rays, which can in­crease the risk of skin can­cer.”

Dr Noor Hisham said cos­metic prod­ucts mixed with tretinoin were pro­moted for acne treat­ment and to re­duce wrin­kles.

“The use of tretinoin with­out su­per­vi­sion can cause skin red­ness, dis­com­fort, burn­ing, peel­ing and hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity to sun­light.

“Cos­metic prod­ucts with mer­cury can be harm­ful to health as the ma­te­ri­als can be ab­sorbed into the body and cause dam­age to the kid­neys and ner­vous sys­tem. It can also af­fect the de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren’s brains.”

He warned sell­ers and dis­trib­u­tors to stop sell­ing and dis­tribut­ing these prod­ucts im­me­di­ately or face pu­n­ish­ment un­der the Con­trol of Drugs and Cos­met­ics Reg­u­la­tions 1984.

Un­der the reg­u­la­tion, of­fend­ers can be fined no more than RM25,000 or im­pris­on­ment not more than three years or both for the first of­fence. For sub­se­quent of­fences, of­fend­ers can be fined no more than RM50,000 or be jailed up to five years, or both.

Con­sumers can send their in­quiry on cos­metic prod­ucts by send­ing an email to kos­metik@ npra.gov.my or call 03-7883 5400. They can also visit http:// npra.moh.gov.my/ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Ab­dul­lah

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