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Watchdogs target fake drugs and tonics

MORE than 300 batches of fake drugs were seized by city watchdogs and police last year, a conference heard yesterday.

Producers of the 306 counterfeit lines have been treated according to the law, said Shanghai Food and Drug Administration officials.

Officials also cracked down on health tonics claiming to offer the same results as medical drugs, but which are less expensive, the meeting to improve management of tonics heard.

In China, health tonics are not allowed to contain chemical ingredients.

"All health tonic producers and sellers are included in a strict monitoring system, even tighter this year," said Gu Zhenhua from Shanghai Food and Drug Administration.

"Any business selling counterfeit goods, poor quality health tonics and adding illegal chemicals to tonics will be driven out of the market and reported to police."

To improve detection, the watchdog has started using a new piece of equipment that can check the composition of products immediately.

"Health tonics promoted as enhancing sexual performance are never approved by the national authorities, and many are cheating customers," said Qi Liubin from Shanghai FDA.

Meanwhile, during recent campaigns, local police caught a criminal ring with 12 suspects early this year, netting 140 types of illegally-produced Viagra-type drugs worth 20 million yuan (US$3.09 million).

The FDA found 66 kinds of drugs were fake. Suspects face legal proceedings.

And in Jing'an, Huangpu, Zhabei and Jinshan districts police recently also seized fake Viagra-type drugs and illegal health tonics.


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