Cosmetic products with fantastic claims recalled

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MORE THAN 100 cosmetic products have been pulled from shelves for making outlandish claims, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali has said.

It comes after the department investigated questionable claims about 1,775 cosmetic products advertised for sale between 2021 and June this year.

“Of this total, warnings were issued to companies making these products, involving 283 advertisements making claims prohibited under the Cosmetics Guidelines.

“The notification status for 104 products was revoked because they went beyond medical claims as well as claims beyond the scope of the cosmetics definition,” he told Sabri Azit (PN-Jerai ).

Dr Noor Azmi said all cosmetics must get approval from the ministry before they can be manufactured, imported or sold due to the Drugs and Cosmetics Control Regulations.

He added that the ministry’s pharmaceutical division had investigated 86 complaints about online advertisements for cosmetics, although it had yet to receive notification from the ministry allowing it to do so.

“Raids were also carried out at 444 premises during the same period where goods worth RM4.338 million were seized,” he added.

He said people promoting cosmetics in ads were also prohibited from using the title “doctor” when doing so or making outlandish claims about their products.

“A complaint will be lodged with the competent authorities governing the profession if it turns out that a doctor has used his title in the advertisements,” he added.

Dr. Noor Azmi also assured the public that the ministry carries out constant checks, including analyzing product samples to ensure their safety.

“Companies offering products that pose a danger to the public will be required to recall them within 24 hours,” he said, adding that a 30-day recall period would be granted for products that are less dangerous to health. .

In addition, those who flout regulations regarding the sale of cosmetics could also be brought to justice.

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