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BMA Intercepts Skin Lightening Products and Unregistered Medicine at OR Tambo

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Border Management Authority (BMA)

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The Border Management Authority’s (BMA) port health team at the cargo section of the OR Tambo International Airport made a significant interception on Thursday. They intercepted a whopping 865kg of skin lightening products as well as unregistered medicine. This interception highlights the crucial role that the BMA’s port health team plays in protecting the health and safety of the public.

It is important to note that skin lightening products are prohibited in South Africa due to the harm they can cause to the skin. The products were discovered on a flight from Nigeria and will be promptly destroyed. According to the Medicines and Related Substances Act 101 of 1965 and the Foodstuffs Cosmetic and Disinfection Act 54, the importer is required to cover the costs of destroying the products before the rest of the shipment is released. The BMA emphasized that only an approved destruction facility licensed to handle hazardous waste will be used for this purpose.

In addition to the skin lightening products, the port health team also found unregistered medicines which have been detained for destruction. These interceptions are a testament to the diligence and thoroughness of the BMA’s port health team in safeguarding the health of the community.

The BMA works closely with officials from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to ensure that all products entering the country comply with regulations and are safe for public consumption. Port Health, a special function of the Border Management Authority, plays a critical role in monitoring and evaluating all foodstuffs, cosmetics, disinfectants, hazardous substances, and medicines entering South Africa through the ports.

Commissioner of the BMA, Dr Mike Masiapato, has outlined detailed port health regulations that will be enforced at ports of entry. This includes screening and searching all arriving travelers to ensure the secure movement of goods and people. Dr. Masiapato emphasized that the BMA is dedicated to intensifying its efforts during the festive season to secure the borders and uphold border law enforcement areas.


Border Management Authority (BMA)

Border Management Authority (BMA)


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