consumers warned against medical product The Department of Health has warned consumers to avoid the proprietary Chinese medicine Shortclean, which it says contains western drug ingredients that can cause side effects. The importing company has been ordered to recall the product and surrender it to the department. It was found to contain Phenformin and Glibenclamide. Phenformin has been banned in Hong Kong since 1985 and was previously used for diabetes management. It was associated with an unacceptably high incidence of lactic acid. Glibenclamide is also used for diabetes, but should only be used under medical supervision. More information is available on 2319 2839. meeting today on flat sales guidelines Housing director Leung Chin-man will meet the Real Estate Developers Association today to discuss a 15-point guideline issued three months ago to improve the transparency of internal sales of partly-built flats. The Consumer Council and the Estate Agents Authority will join the talks. hk-australia police training deal signed The police force has signed an agreement with the Australian Institute of Police Management on training and development. Under the agreement, which will take effect from next year, Hong Kong police will nominate two senior superintendents or superintendents to the institute as visiting international fellows for two weeks each year on a reciprocal basis. macau bank running smoothly after change Macau's Banco Delta Asia was running smoothly yesterday after the government took over its management. A committee of three appointed by the government met after it was ordered to assume temporary management until claims made over the bank's dealings with North Korea by the US Treasury Department are resolved.