Security seals for traditional health products


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Mar 2003

BY K. SAITHURUKA

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry is awaiting approval on its proposal to have security seals fixed on all traditional health products to distinguish between ministry-approved and non-approved products. 

“If the product does not carry the security seal although the product says it is ministry-approved, then the person is clearly violating the law and he is actually having an unregistered product for sale,'' said Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng. 

He said the security seals would enable the enforcement officers to distinguish between the approved and non-approved products. 

He said first offenders could face a RM25,000 fine and a three-year jail sentence while repeat offenders would be fined RM50,000 and a five-year jail term. 

Chua said this after opening the Tiens Health Development (M) Sdn Bhd office at the Flamingo Hotel here. 

Companies which flout the law face a RM50,000 fine for the first offence and RM100,000 for subsequent offences.  

Chua advised traders to exercise care and responsibility when advertising and promoting their products and that it should not mislead the public with excessive and unfounded claims. 

“Self-medication is very much influenced by advertisements and this led some people to seek self-medication for serious illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes.  

“They seek professional help when it is too late or when their condition worsens,'' he said. 

According to the ministry's statistics, 3,726 products, valued at RM3mil, were seized last year because they were not registered with the Drug Control Authority.  

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