Wine cure promises banned

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 November, 1999, 12:00am

Makers of Chinese medicinal wines have been warned against claiming their products can cure cancer and impotence.

The Department of Health sent warning letters after the Consumer Council tested 30 medicinal wines.

Eleven brands breached the Undesirable Medical Advertisement Ordinance, the council found. All wines were still safe to drink.

The wines claimed to help cure ailments including rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, renal problems, anaemia and impotence, the council's publicity chairman Lo Chi-kin said.

'In some cases, they even claim to prevent cancer,' he said.

A department spokesman said the ordinance banned any advertising regarding serious diseases that required medical consultation.

'Advertising could encourage or mislead people to act as doctors by taking the drugs without professional advice,' he said.

Dr Lo also urged producers to voluntarily label their medicinal wines, listing alcoholic strength and other contents.