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Indonesia to Enhance Law Enforcement on Imported Cosmetics

Indonesia POM disclosed that in 2016 they found 9071 types of illegal imported cosmetics with a total value of more than 77.9 billion IDR. The illegal cosmetics included cosmetics containing hazardous ingredients, cosmetics without a notification number and cosmetics imported through illegal channels. The discovered hazardous ingredients contained in the cosmetics include mercury, hydroquinone, retinoic acid, red dye K3, K10 red, Sudan IV and even two pharmaceutical drugs: Clindamycin ( an antibiotic which inhibits the bacterial 50s ribosomal subunit) and Theophylline (a drug used to treat asthma) both which have significant side effects...

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