The Jakarta Post
The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and the National Police have raided an illegal cosmetics factory on Jl. Jelambar Utama Raya, Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta, on Wednesday and confiscated products worth Rp 2.5 billion (US$184,500).
The factory produced cosmetics without complying with standards set by the agency, BPOM chairwoman Penny Lukito said on Thursday.
"She got Rp 50 million to Rp 100 million per week. The products we confiscated were worth Rp 2.5 billion [in total]," Penny said, according to kompas.com, adding that the owner had produced the cosmetics for a year.
She added that the BPOM found the factory had allegedly faked some cosmetics brands.
The National Police have arrested the factory owner, who was also the producer of the cosmetics.
The police confiscated tools and ingredients to make some of the products, such as face cream, soap and toner.
They also found several packages of cosmetics that were ready to be delivered to some areas across the country.
The police and BPOM are now investigating the chain of distribution of the illegal cosmetics, and whether the perpetrator delivered them to beauty clinics, markets or individuals.
The factory owner is charged under articles 196 and 197 of the Health Law, which have a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum fine of Rp 1.5 billion. (cal)