Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Bad medicine: Deadly Chinese remedy may still be on sale in shops

The BBC reports that a banned product that has been found to cause cancer in those taking it may still be on sale in some Chinese herbal remedy shops.

The distributor, Ekong International (UK) Ltd, issued a recall last month, but more than three quarters of the stock has still not been returned.

Packs of the product, brought to the UK from China, have had a new English label put on to hide the original label which contained the Chinese symbols for Aristolochia, a banned toxic and carcinogenic derivative of a plant.

The medicine is packed in white plastic bottles, each containing 180 round white tablets.

Anyone out there who uses these types of products or knows someone who does - Beware!