Herbal drinks firm gets two weeks to back claims

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 27 Aug 2003

IPOH: The company that produces the Orang Kampung brand Kacip Fatimah and Tongkat Ali herbal drinks has been given two weeks to respond to an allegation of misleading the public with false information about its products. 

State Health Department director Datuk Dr Abd Razak Kechik said it would consider not taking court action against Syarikat Perniagaan Orang Kampung if it provided reasonable grounds for its claims that the two herbal drinks could, among others, kill cancer cells and cure hypertension, diabetes and malaria. 

He said this included the company's readiness to change the health information printed on the labels of its canned drinks. 


“It is all right for the company to make general claims on the nutritional value of the drinks but it should not mention specifically that its products could cure cancer and diabetes,” he added. 


Dr Abd Razak said this when commenting on the company’s factory manager Wan Saiful Wan Haizan's denial that the labels were misleading and therefore violated Rule 18 (3) of the Food Act and Regulations 1985. 


He also said the department would advise the company to recall all the Kacip Fatimah and Tongkat Ali canned drinks with the misleading labels.  


Dr Abd Razak had led an operation to check food products on Monday, when three cartons of the herbal drinks produced by the company based in Merlimau, Malacca, were seized from several sundry shops in Kuala Kangsar.  

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