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Ministry tackles weight loss product

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Ministry tackles weight loss product

The Ministry of Health has warned that it will act against a company promoting an untested and unregistered weight loss supplement on Facebook.

Its announcement on Tuesday concerned a Facebook page named EcoSlim Cambodia, which advertises itself as selling a weight loss product made from natural ingredients.

The ministry accused the advertiser of making exaggerated claims that the product could help consumers lose up to 15kg in four weeks without dieting or exercise.

It said the product has not been tested nor registered, and that the seller has misled the public about EcoSlim’s legitimacy by falsely claiming the ministry had endorsed the product.

It also appealed to the public to stop consuming the product and ordered the company to immediately take down its Facebook page as well as to stop importing, advertising and distributing the product.

The announcement also said the ministry will take tough measures against the people or company behind EcoSlim Cambodia, in accordance with the Law on Drug Control.

Hoeun Kimsieth, deputy head of the regulation office in the ministry’s drug department, told The Post on Tuesday that the product has been illegally imported and that its quality is questionable.

“We found out that nobody imported the product legally. We have yet to receive any complaints from members of the public, but we have taken the medicine for an examination and in the meantime, we ask people to stop consuming it,” he said.

Kimsieth said most weight loss supplements contain substances that are banned by the ministry and can harm consumers’ health.

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