The STAR online
Sunday January 6, 2008
Ministry team seizes RM10mil in expired drugs to be sold as new
MALACCA: Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry enforcement officers have seized RM10.4mil worth of expired health products that were to have been repackaged and sold as new.
The products were recovered from an abandoned factory in Pulau Gadong here yesterday.
The ministry’s special unit handling fake products conducted the raid after receiving a tip-off. During the noon raid led by the unit’s deputy director, Rosley Abdullah, four workers who were repackaging the expired products were detained for investigations.
There were also dozens of boxes of the repackaged product ready for distribution in the market, while hundreds of other boxes of the original products which were past their due date, were ready to be repackaged.
A spokesman for the company producing the original health products, who did not want to be named, said that some 3,600 packs of the original product had been repacked in fake packages to be sold for a total of RM21mil.
“This does not include the products which are already in the market. We fear the effects on consumers as we had withdrawn them more than a year ago,” he said.
Rosley said that the ministry would investigate the importer named on the repackaged products to find out if the importer exists.