Ministry of Health bans three cosmetic products containing mercury | Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, January 8 – The Ministry of Health (MoH) has banned three cosmetic products containing mercury, a listed poison.
Health Director General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the public should not buy and use these three products NP Beauty FM Cream, NP Beauty FB Cream 7g and AS’S Beauty Night Cream.
“Mercury is banned in cosmetic products because it can endanger health. It can get into the body and damage the kidneys and the nervous system, ”he said in a statement today.
“It can also affect the brain development of young infants or unborn babies, in addition to causing rashes, irritation and skin changes,” he said.
He advised traders to immediately stop selling and distributing these products as it violates the Drugs and Cosmetics Control Regulations 1984.
Dr Noor Hisham said that under the regulations an individual is liable to a fine of up to RM 25,000 or imprisonment for up to three years or both for the first offense, and a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a maximum prison term of five years or both. for a subsequent offense.
“A business can be fined up to RM50,000 for the first offense and up to RM 100,000 for a subsequent offense,” he added.
He said those who have used the products should immediately stop using them and seek medical professional advice if they experience any discomfort or unwanted side effects.
The public is advised to check the notification status of cosmetic products on the National Drug Regulatory Agency website at www.npra.gov.my or on the NPRA Product Status app which can be downloaded. on Google Play Store. Bernama