'Unlawful' diet products

national June 17, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said "Fuco" diet supplements, including Fuco Pure and Fuco Burn, that are sold online violated the law for being extravagantly advertised and none of the brand's products have FDA approval.

FDA deputy chief Dr Paisarn Dunkum said, following complaints, FDA and police arrested a suspect last Thursday with Fuco products worth Bt300,000. He was charged with selling food supplements with fake labels that were not approved by the FDA (punishable with a fine up to Bt30,000) and for advertising food supplements without permission (punishable with a fine up to Bt5,000).
Paisan also warned that some pickled garlic and lime products have fake food product registration numbers (with the FDA approval mark). When added to a large amount of acetic acid, they could cause stomach irritation and severe ulcers. He cited the recent seizure of such products worth Bt500,000 from a Bangkok Phasi Charoen district warehouse. 
“You can’t just read the labels, as they might be fake. You should check the food product registration number, which you can then check with the FDA website (www.fda.moph.go.th),” he said.