Vet products before they hit market, ministry urged
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