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Published: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 28, 2013 MYT 12:35:11 PM

Poison-laced cosmetic cream taken off shelves

KUALA LUMPUR: The suppliers of Taiwan-manufactured cosmetic product Sensual Meiji Skin Renewer Cream have been ordered by the Health Ministry to take the product off the shelves.

It also warned consumers against buying and using the product, which was found to contain the scheduled poison azelaic acid.

Pharmaceutical services senior director Datuk Eisah A. Rahman said the product had been tested and it was found to contain the prohibited poison and was no longer allowed to be sold in Malaysia.

She said the product must be registered with the ministry’s Drug Control Authority. The product is aimed at reducing inflammation effects in treating acne vulgaris (pimples) and could only be used upon advice from health professionals.

“It is feared that the application of acid without expert advice from health professionals can produce undesired effects. Such as that part of the face which was exposed to the acid in the cream might result in feeling burnt, itchy, turn red and becoming flaky,” she said.

She added that the company responsible for the product had been directed to stop the immediate sale or supply of the product and to withdraw all stocks from the market within 72 hours.

Consumers suffering any side effects or serious problems from using any cosmetics product are advised to call the National Phar¬≠maceutical Control Bureau at 03-88355532/5533/553. — Bernama

Tags / Keywords: Health, Lifestyle, cosmetic meiji


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