The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Department (NPRA) said the products are Qu Gebu AP Krim, Night Glowing, Night Glow, Glowing Speed Gold Day Cream, Glowing Speed Gold Night Cream, Nour Ain Night Cream and Royal Expert Whitening Cream.
"We have cancelled the notifications of these cosmetics products after detecting scheduled poison materials in them," said health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement.
Chemicals vary in effects that pose threat to health
According to him, Qu Gebu AP Krim and Night Glow contained hydroquinone and tretinoin, while Night Glowing, Glowing Speed Gold Day Cream, Glowing Speed Gold Night Cream, Nour Ain Night Cream and Royal Expert Whitening Cream contained mercury.
“Cosmetic products mixed with hydroquinone, if used, can cause redness on the skin, discomfort, undesirable skin discolouration and may also cause the skin to become hypersensitive,” Noor Hisham said.
Those mixed with tretinoin are usually used to treat acne and reduce wrinkles. However, unsupervised use of the product can cause redness on the skin, discomfort, burning, peeling and hypersensitivity to sunlight, he added.
The products containing mercury on the other hand, can cause damage to the kidney and nervous system, and also affect the development of a child's brain.
Sellers and distributors warned to stop selling listed products
Qu Gebu AP Krim is supplied by Vida Beauty Sdn Bhd, a firm belonging to celebrity entrepreneur Datuk Seri Hasmiza Othman, or better known as Dr Vida.
All sellers and distributors have been warned by the MOH to stop sales and distribution of the listed products immediately.
“All sellers are reminded that selling or distributing these cosmetic products is an offence under the Control Of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984,” the ministry said in a statement.
The failure to comply could result in fines of up to RM25,000, a jail term of no more than three years, or both for individual first time offenders. For subsequent offenders, fines of no more than RM50,000, a jail term of up to five years, or both will be imposed.
Those using the products have been advised to stop using them immediately and seek advice from healthcare professionals especially if any discomfort is experienced.
Consumers are advised to contact NPRA at 03-7883 5400 or email to email@example.com or visit NPRA website via online at http://npra.moh.gov.my for any enquiries. MIMS
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Sources: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/05/27/health-ministry-bans-7-cosmetics-products-containing-poison/ http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/vida-cosmetics-cream-among-seven-beauty-products-declared-poisonous https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/05/242987/health-ministry-bans-seven-cosmetics-products-containing-poison