KUALA LUMPUR – The public has been advised against buying and using the Qu Puteh Whitening Pro 9 cosmetic product which has been found to contain scheduled poison.
Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said the product had been tested and found to contain mercury, which was not allowed to be used in cosmetic products.
â€œTherefore, the Qu Puteh Whitening Pro 9 is no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia,â€ he said in a statement here.
Commenting further, he said the Health Ministryâ€™s National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau that had conducted sample testing on the product found that it contained high levels of mercury.
â€œCosmetic products must not contain mercury as they can affect a personâ€™s health and cause damage to the kidneys and the nervous system.
â€œMercury can also disrupt brain development of children or even unborn babies,â€ said Dr Noor Hisham.
He said the Qu Puteh Whitening Pro 9 product notification had been cancelled and all companies concerned have been asked to immediately discontinue the sale and supply of the product.
The companies have also been given 72 hours to recall all of Qu Puteh Whitening Pro 9 products from the market, he added.
â€œThose in possession of the product are advised to immediately stop selling, distributing and using it,â€ he said adding that sellers were reminded possession of the product violated the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.
Those who fail to abide by the regulations are liable for imprisonment not more than three years or a fine not exceeding RM25,000, or both for the first offence. The amount of fines and imprisonment will increase with the subsequent offences.
Companies found to have committed offences can be imposed a fine of up to RM50,000 for the first offence and fine up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences upon conviction.