Illegal beauty goods worth Rp 2.5b seized

Ni Komang ErvianiThe Jakarta Post ,  Denpasar   |  Sat, 11/22/2008 12:57 PM  |  Bali

Officers of the Denpasar Food and Drugs Monitoring Agency seized a large quantity of illegal drugs and beauty products worth about Rp 2.5 billion (US$201,000), a senior official said Friday.

The confiscated products either were not legally approved for distribution or contained dangerous chemical substances.

“The beauty products contain hydroquinone and tretinoin, chemical substances that are dangerous to the human body. The distribution of these products poses a grave danger to the public’s health,” the agency’s head of investigating unit, Wayan Bagiartha Negara, said.

The agency has placed hydroquinone and tretinoin on its list of banned substances.

Hydroquinone, usually found in skin-whitening products, can cause skin cancer while tretinoin can endanger the heath of a pregnant woman’s unborn child.

Most of the seized goods were imported products from Australia, China and Italy. The officers also found counterfeited products of several well-known brands, including Olay and Ponds whitening beauty soap.

The products were seized in a one-week-long operation targeting stores in Kuta, Denpasar, Klungkung and Singaraja.

“Out of a total of 30 stores raided, we found 17 which were selling these products,” he said.

In the course of the operation, the officers also arrested five people for allegedly distributing the illegal products. The suspects are being held at the Bali Provincial Police headquarters.

About erviani

Jatuh cinta dengan dunia jurnalistik sejak bergabung dengan Lembaga Pers Mahasiswa Indikator, Fakultas Ekonomi Universitas Brawijaya. Sempat bekerja untuk Harian Warta Bali, 2003 - 2005, Koresponden Majalah GATRA untuk wilayah Bali, anggota redaksi Media HIV/AIDS dan Narkoba KULKUL, TPI, dan Koran Seputar Indonesia. Menulis lepas kini menjadi aktivitas keseharian. Kini aktif sebagai kontributor untuk beberapa media yakni Bali Daily-The Jakarta Post, Mongabay Indonesia, dan Khabat Southeast Asia.
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