Health Ministry issues caution against two herbal products

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has issued a caution from the usage of unregistered Chinese traditional medicine Dong Mai Tan and Seven Leave Ginsengs following several complaints of “moon and liver failure -shaped” facial appearance.

Health Ministry director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) has advised consumers to immediately cease using the goods.

He also encouraged stockists to immediately cease the sale and supply of these products, saying that people who did not conform to the order were committing an offence under the Selling of Drug Act 1952 along with the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984.

Individual offenders may be fined not more than RM25,000 or jailed not more than three years or both for the first offence and fined not more than RM50,000 or jailed not more than five years or both for following offences while businesses were liable up to double the fines.

He explained that among the effects were liver failure and symptoms of Cushing’s Syndrome that is characterised by a “moon -shaped” face, an increase in weight and enlarged abdomen.

“Tests have demonstrated that both products are not registered with the Drug Control Authority (DCA), which will be a prerequisite,” he said in a statement Friday.