HSA reminded members of the public about the dangers of purchasing health products from unknown sources, especially for use in babies and children who are more prone to experiencing adverse effects from undeclared potent ingredients.
“In 2022, HSA detected potent ingredients including steroids in two other topical products marketed for young children,” the authority said.
Those who have used Tao Ju Hui Yi Mei Li Shang Kou Hu Li Ruan Gao should see a doctor as soon as possible, HSA said, however it advised against ceasing the use of the cream immediately.
“Sudden stopping of the cream without medical supervision may result in the worsening of underlying skin conditions and other serious withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, confusion and low blood pressure,” it said.
In an advisory to sellers and suppliers, HSA said that the sale of Tao Ju Hui Yi Mei Li Shang Kou Hu Li Ruan Gao must be halted immediately.
Sellers and suppliers found to be selling the product are liable to be prosecuted, and if convicted, they face up to three years in prison, a fine of up to S$100,000, or both.
Members of the public who have information about the sale and supply of Tao Ju Hui Yi Mei Li Shang Kou Hu Li Ruan Gao can contact HSA’s Enforcement Branch at 6866 3485 or through email at hsa_is [at] hsa.gov.sg.