BANNED PRODUCTS STILL ON SALE
Health Ministry identifies 8 cosmetic products with scheduled poison
FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR PUTRAJAYA email@example.com
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Health DirectorGeneral Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the notifications of the products had been revoked by the ministry’s pharmaceutical services senior director after scheduled poisons were detected in them.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