Web warning over illegal slimming products

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 November, 2010, 12:00am

The internet is the major source for buying illegal slimming products, the secretary for food and health said. Of the 135 slimming products sampled online by the Department of Health since last year, such as from auction sites and blogs, 16 contained a banned western drug sibutramine, Dr York Chow Yat-ngok told a Legislative Council meeting. Translating the violation into 12 cases, three were convicted with fines ranging from HK$4,000 to HK$13,000. The remaining nine were undergoing litigation procedures. 'The authority will strengthen its online patrol,' he warned.