MELAKA: The Melaka Health Department has confiscated 562 unregistered health supplements, cosmetics and traditional preparations worth approximately RM1.44mil in the first eight months of the year.
State Health Department director Datuk Dr Ghazali Othman said that 221 traditional preparations and 122 cosmetic products being sold without the approval of the Drug Control Authority (DCA) were found to be contaminated with toxins.
“We have initiated 33 investigation papers and 18 individuals have been prosecuted,” he said here on Tuesday.
He said that health supplements and traditional preparations must be registered with the DCA before being marketed.
Dr Ghazali said the confiscations were made in Melaka Tengah, Alor Gajah and Jasin, and added that health products without proper labels and relevant approvals were also seized during raids between January and August.
He said the offence of peddling unregistered health products was probed under Regulation 7(1)(a) and 18A of the Control of Drugs and Cosmetic Regulations 1984 and punishable under Section 12(1) of the Sale of Drugs Act 1952, which carries a maximum fine of RM25,000 or jail sentence of up to three years upon conviction.
Dr Ghazali said consumers could also download the Pharmacy Melaka-Malaysia Enforcement (PharMel) Blacklist to verify the authenticity of pharmaceutical products.
"A total of 7,000 consumers have downloaded the application to obtain accurate information on health products, while over 900 health and cosmetic products have been listed on the online platform," he said.