HEALTH supplements worth RM600,000 were confiscated from the home of child prodigy Adi Putra Abdul Ghani in Gombak, Selangor.
The family of the 11-year-old, known to be a mathematics genius, runs two companies which deal with health products under the Adi Putra brand.
Metro Ahad reported that the Saturday raid was conducted by the Health Ministry’s pharmaceutical services division.
Among the items seized was a healing remedy for joints, priced at RM25 per bottle.
“Clinical tests confirmed it contained steroid. It is not a traditional medicine as stated on the label,” said senior assistant director of enforcement Mazlan Ismail.
Steroids, he explained, could bring side effects like bone decay, high blood pressure and kidney damage.
Six other supplements were also confiscated and would be tested to determine their contents.
He said the products were not certified by the ministry and were believed to have been available on the market for a few months.
Adi Putra and his family were not home during the raid. They were said to be attending a seminar in Sabah.
A woman, who was in the house, said she knew nothing about the legality of the supplements.
“I have been working here for just a month. My job is just to stick the Adi Putra label on the bottles and put them in boxes,” she said.
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