Ministry urged to ascertain safety of local herbal drink

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Penang MCA public complaints bureau has urged the Health Ministry to check a locally made Chinese herbal drink which claims to cure several illnesses including kidney ailment.

Its chairman Tan Teik Cheng, who is also the Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU) officer for Padang Lalang, claimed that the herbal drink, sold for between RM70 and RM120, was widely available.

“The label claims the drink can cure heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney ailment, menstrual disorders, stroke, and rheumatic complaints.

“The labelling on the bottle is written in Chinese and is believed to have not received approval from both the Health and the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism ministries,” Tan told reporters here yesterday.

Also present at the press conference was state MCA secretary and Berapit ICU officer Lau Chiek Tuan.

“Our checks show that the drink is easily available. We urge the Health Ministry to confiscate the item and conduct a research to determine whether this is safe,” he said.

Lau said the drink was believed to be manufactured by a local trader in Kubang Semang.

He said a member of the public had handed over a bottle of the drink to the bureau here, claiming that a 57-year-old man from Kubang Ulu near here had died a week after consuming the drink recently.

A bottle of the drink was later handed over to the two officers from the Health Ministry’s pharmaceutical division when they arrived at Tan’s ICU service centre.

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