The Jakarta Post
The Indonesia Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has raided four illegal cosmetics factories producing billions of rupiah worth of products in Kalideres district in West Jakarta.
The factories were located in the Taman Surya housing complex, a Daan Mogot Baru shop house, Citra Business Park and the Surya Molek Park complex.
"The economic value of these four factories amounts to Rp 30 billion [US$ 2.1 million]," BPOM head Penny Kusumastuti Lukito said at the factory in Taman Surya on Friday as reported by kompas.com.
BPOM confiscated 679,193 pieces of 53 product items, among which were lipsticks, soaps, face-whitening creams, hair growth serums and powders.
Other evidence seized by the police included raw materials, packaging materials, products, tools and machines, vehicles and documents. Penny said the four factories were illegal as they had not acquired BPOM certificates.
"The facilities alone were illegal; the production was not hygienic as it could contain dangerous ingredients. We will be looking into it. There is also forgery as the production and the products are illegal, they don't meet quality, efficacy, benefit and safety standards," Penny said.
The police have detained one suspect, identified only as DV, the owner of the four factories. The police have also questioned four witnesses.
The suspect will be charged under the 2009 Health Law on illegal facilities and products and faces 15 years’ imprisonment or Rp 1.5 billion in fines, as well as under the 1999 Consumer Protection Law, facing five years’ imprisonment or Rp 2 billion in fines. (ars)