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Family gets porn shock from dental health VCD

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 February, 2004, 12:00am
 

Health Department stops distribution of 'Love Teeth' after father's complaint


The Health Department has suspended the distribution of a free VCD to promote dental health after an allegation it contained pornographic material.


The department has also sought help from the police and launched an internal investigation after a civil servant, named only as Mr Wong, complained to the media that his daughter was given the pornographic VCD at a pharmacy in a Lok Fu shopping mall.


Ms Wong, in her 20s, received the Love Teeth VCD, which came in a package printed with the image of pop star Miriam Yeung Chin-wah and labelled as a Health Department production, as a gift with her toothpaste purchase.


Mr Wong, his wife, his daughter and his son, who is a secondary student, wanted to watch the VCD on Saturday night after dinner to learn about oral hygiene.


But when the family started watching the VCD they were shocked when the cover of a pornographic book popped up, followed by shots of nude young girls.


'It's very revolting, very shocking. My family was in shock,' Mr Wong said.


Mr Wong returned to check with the pharmacy on Sunday but was told by the shop assistant that all the discs had already been distributed.


Mr Wong questioned whether the Health Department had a proper procedure to inspect the discs before they were distributed.


The department contacted Mr Wong yesterday and held a meeting with the manufacturer of the discs to get an understanding of the production process.


A spokeswoman said the department had suspended the distribution of the 29,000 oral health VCDs originally planned to be sent to schools and pharmacies.


Pharmacies that have the VCDs have been asked to stop distributing them.


A further 50,000 VCDs have been sent to public libraries and district offices since September. The only complaint about the disc has been from the Wongs.


Acting director of health Leung Ting-hung said: 'We have an inspection procedure and it is the first time we have received such a complaint.


'The department is highly concerned about the complaint and has launched an investigation. We have also sought assistance from police.'


Dr Leung also apologised to the Wong family and said the department would review its inspection procedures after the case had been investigated.


A police spokeswoman said: 'The police are trying to get in touch with the people involved to get an understanding of the case.'


The Health Department said the production of the VCD was part of its oral health promotion and it had received positive feedback from more than 1,000 people on its success in conveying messages about dental health.


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