Vet prod­ucts be­fore they hit mar­ket, min­istry urged

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Min­istry must prac­tise strin­gent en­force­ment and be more proac­tive in pre­vent­ing cos­metic prod­ucts with sched­uled poi­sons from be­ing sold in the open mar­ket.

Ne­ti­zens were an­gered and shocked by a news re­port yes­ter­day which cau­tioned the pub­lic to stop us­ing seven cos­metic prod­ucts de­tected to con­tain sched­uled poi­sons.

They called on the min­istry’s Na­tional Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Reg­u­la­tory Depart­ment to con­duct clin­i­cal tri­als on all prod­ucts be­fore they hit the mar­ket.

Face­book user Khairul Anuar Yang Ah­mad asked: “Why ban cos­metic prod­ucts af­ter they have reached the pub­lic? Shouldn’t they be vet­ted first? Just won­der­ing!”

An­other Ne­ti­zen, Har­sha Kaur, wrote: “Peo­ple are al­ready us­ing (the prod­ucts listed), such as the Royal Ex­pert Whiten­ing Cream for years, which can be bought on­line. Why are they only tak­ing ac­tion now?”

An­other Ne­ti­zen cau­tioned the pub­lic to only use clin­i­cally-tested prod­ucts.

Astya Arvyna said: “Many are un­aware of the side ef­fects they (such prod­ucts) can cause. I hope peo­ple would check them be­fore buy­ing any ‘quick so­lu­tion’ prod­ucts.”

“Stick­ing to decades-old proven cos­met­ics is safer than newer prod­ucts claim­ing mag­i­cal so­lu­tions to users’ needs,” Face­book user Dou­glas An­thony wrote.

The pub­lic could check if a cos­metic prod­uct is reg­is­tered or no­ti­fied with the Drug Con­trol Author­ity by vis­it­ing npra. moh.gov.my.

Elaine Foong, mean­while, was glad that the Health Min­istry had fi­nally taken ac­tion against the prod­ucts.

Izauf Ras, how­ever, called on the min­istry to take strin­gent ac­tion against the prod­uct man­u­fac­turer and re­tailer.

“Why only ban? Go af­ter owner of the com­pany. Charge them in court,” he wrote on the New Straits Times Face­book page.

Sara Vanan stressed that the me­dia should not blindly pub­lish or pro­mote the prod­ucts with­out

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