The Health Ministry has banned four Facebook accounts from selling their products because they are not registered and have not been authorized to advertise by the ministry, according to a March 23 notice.
The four Facebook accounts were identified as Our Health and Beauty, which sells a product labeled Huatuozhichuanggao; GET ONE, selling SirulinaChherein (GET CE); and Thy Na Beauty Skin care and Thy Na Organic Skin Care, both advertising cosmetics.
“Products advertised on these Facebook accounts are not registered with the Department of Health,” the statement said.
Cambodian laws require medicines or health products of any kind to be given a registration number from the Ministry of Health and the seller must seek permission before advertising them.
“In order to avoid wasting your money or risking negative impacts on your health, stop using these drugs and products. They have no clear source and no one can guarantee their quality or safety,” the notice reads.
The owner of the Our Health and Beauty Facebook page, Suon Sovannarith, told the Post on March 24 that he would suspend all sales activities for now and work with the ministry to ensure his products are legally registered.
“In fact, the products I sell have been sold by many people when I wanted a monopoly on them for my business, but I will not sell any of them for now,” he said.
Sovannarith said he had been selling Huatuozhichuanggao products, imported from China, for less than a year.
“It’s going to be difficult. If I don’t sell them, I won’t have any income – and it wasn’t a lot of income to start with. I only made $10 or $20 a day and used that to support myself for the Covid-19 crisis. But if I sell them now, the department will take legal action,” he said.
He added that customers who bought the products and used them did not report any health issues or complaints about them.