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‘Illegal’ food supplement factories raided

Oct 03. 2018
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By The Nation

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The Consumer Protection Police Division on Wednesday joined other agencies to raid four manufacturing sources of allegedly illegal food supplements in Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya and Bangkok's Lat Phrao and Don Mueang.

Officers said they seized supplements worth Bt30 million, including weight loss coffee products allegedly laced with the banned appetite suppressant Sibutramine.

Product samples were sent for Department of Medical Sciences tests to check for harmful substances.

The operations stemmed from the tip-offs by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials who had watched the products deemed harmful to consumers which led to the police investigation that identified the manufacturing sources.

The four site owners would face charges including selling food with inaccurate labels, which is punishable with a Bt30,000 fine, selling fake food products, punishable with a jail term of six months up to 10 years and fines of Bt100,000 and selling contaminated food, punishable with two years and a fine of Bt20,000.

Police urged the public to call their hotline 1135 or the FDA hotline 1556 or use the "Oryor Smart Application" about exaggerated adverts for food products, especially weight loss solutions, so the authorities could investigate.

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