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Chinese regulator: All sexual potency claims are false

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

Chinese regulator: All sexual potency claims are false

Related tags: Food additive, International trade

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has warned consumers not to purchase health supplements that claim to increase sexual potency, saying that such claims are not genuine.

China has never approved the registration and marketing of health supplements claiming to "invigorate the kidney and strengthen the sex function​", the CFDA said in a statement.

Too embarrassing to report

Food safety cases concerning such supplements have risen sharply since 2013. Illegal dealers sell the supplements unnoticed in small stores or adult shops, and most consumers who are cheated are too embarrassed to go to the police.

Health supplements currently allowed to be registered in China fall into 27 categories with functions such as boosting immunity, cholesterol reduction and weight loss.

The CFDA reminded consumers to report sales of sex supplements to the food and drug authorities.

Substandard imports

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities have uncovered 261 consignments of substandard food imports in August, the country's top quality supervisor has revealed.

Excessive food additives, microbial contamination and poor quality were problems for the imported food, said Chen Jing, spokesperson of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), at a press conference in Beijing yesterday.

The rejected food fell under 18 categories, mainly cake, biscuits, sugar products and beverages from 34 countries and regions, Chen said.

AQSIQ also found 13 shipments of substandard cosmetic products imported from five countries and regions. The problems mainly involved labelling, quality and microbial contamination, said Chen.

All substandard products had either been sent back or destroyed, Chen said.

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