Dietary Supplement

Energy drink may be responsible for 13 deaths in US

5-Hour Energy

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced that it is investigating 13 deaths possibly linked to 5-Hour Energy, a so-called "energy shot" supplement, and is advising consumers to talk to their doctors before using any energy drinks.

Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 2:22am


Waste not, want not: think before you eat

Hong Kong may be considered a foodie's paradise, but it is also gaining notoriety for its excessive food wastage.

Friends of the Earth, a green group, says that leftover food at two wedding banquets recently in Hong Kong amounted to a total of 400kg.

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Claims for blueberry extract doubted

Evidence 'lacking' for improved vision

People taking blueberry or bilberry extract to boost their night vision had their eyes opened yesterday.

The Consumer Council warned that scientific evidence 'is sadly lacking' to support manufacturers' claims for such products - and said there was a chance they could carry harmful side effects.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Natural products australian style

It may not have won an award but Truth & Faith International is a company of vision by any measure. A decade ago it was a local company specialising in over-the-counter Chinese herbal products and had little to do with Australia, but in recent years it has become a pioneer in Australian health supplements and skin-care products.

26 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Hard to stomach

Christine Lee Ching-shun knows all too well the lengths women will go to in pursuit of the perfect body. The dietician at Chinese University's Centre for Nutritional Studies hears on a daily basis tales of fad weight-loss schemes and disappointments.

10 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

What is an analogue?

An analogue is generally defined as a substance that has major chemical structures in common with another chemical but whose properties may be different. Examples are piperidenafil, an analogue of vardenafil (or Levitra), which is prescribed for sexual impotence, and N-mono-desmethylsibutramine (an analogue of slimming drug sibutramine.

4 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Shoppers in dark about health

Hong Kong people are the least knowledgable in Asia about dietary supplements despite being the second biggest spenders on health foods, a region-wide survey has found.

Out of 1,030 people surveyed in the SAR, only 62 per cent had an overall knowledge of health supplements on the market, such as their ingredients and functions.

5 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Spending on tonics rivals that for housing

Mainlanders spend almost as much on vitamins and other health supplements as they do on housing, according to a survey of shoppers.

Consumers in the survey spent eight per cent of their income on supplements. About 10 per cent was spent on housing, the study said.

1 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Diet aids taken off shelves over failure to meet licensing rules

Eight dietary supplements have been recalled after the Consumer Council found they claimed to cure liver disease, diabetes and hypertension. Drugs that make such claims require licensing.

The Department of Health ordered the recall but has not disclosed the brand names involved.

18 Apr 2000 - 12:00am