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On September 6, 2023, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) issued an update regarding the discovery of health products containing prohibited and potentially harmful ingredients. These products were found and reported by overseas regulators.
In order to protect local consumers from these harmful health products, the HSA not only monitors products found locally, but also keeps track of enforcement actions taken by overseas regulators. The HSA issues updates to inform consumers about products that may pose a threat to public health. This close monitoring of noncompliant health products in other countries highlights the potential risks that may arise in Singapore, such as negative publicity and the perception that health products in the country are adulterated.
It is important for sellers and suppliers of health products to note that supplying adulterated products in Singapore can result in a fine of up to SGD 100,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years.
The HSA has published a consolidated list of health products that were found to contain potent ingredients, as reported by health regulators from various countries including the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Thailand. These products range from sexual wellness to cosmetic products. The HSA has also provided information on the potential side effects of these potent ingredients. The full list of products and their respective side effects can be found [here](https://www.hsa.gov.sg/docs/default-source/announcements/safety-alerts/hsa-foreign-alert_2023_aug_final.pdf).
The HSA strongly advises the public against purchasing any of the listed products when abroad and urges caution when buying health products online or from unfamiliar sources. Consumers are encouraged to only purchase from retailers with an established presence in Singapore.
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