Indonesia has banned the import of medicines, cosmetics and food supplements from
China, which are reported to be posing health hazards.
ban followed findings that some medicines imported from China contained harmful
chemicals while the cosmetics showed traces of mercury and rhodamin and its food
products showed the presence of formalin which was dangerous to health, Indonesian
health authorities said.
ban will only be lifted after the authorities had inspected them," Husniah
Rubiana Thamrin Akib, chieh of Indonesia''s Medicine and Food Control Organisation
National Medicinal Analysis and Food Centre, meanwhile, examined 79 food items
from China and the results would be known next week, Siam Subagyo, is head, said.
BPOM said it
is carrying out inspections on all goods from China to check the possibility of
that contained harmful chemicals included seven types of chewing gum, plum sweets,
and three types of toothpaste which contained chemicals for use as a freezer in
refrigerators and lubricating oil.
also said there was a possibility that the items were dumped in other countries
after the Chinese government had banned them.
said the ban was also imposed by other countries, which found these products as