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Japanese girl dies as taking Chinese slimming pills
(Shenzhen Daily)
Updated: 2005-06-03 09:07

Slimming capsules produced by a Guangzhou-based online sales company were blamed for the death of a Japanese girl, reported an official Japanese Web site.

The girl had lost 13 kilograms in two months after she took the capsules. She passed out in her own room May 23 and was confirmed dead in hospital the same day.

The Web site reported there had been 44 complaints until Wednesday morning. The product contains a medical component that can produce serious side effects like dizziness, vomiting, and dehydration though it is effective to inhibit appetite and treat obesity.

Online sales agents were asked to stop selling it in Japan.

The capsule was not sold in Guangzhou's pharmacies, said media reports. The company, registered as Yema Bio-health Co. Ltd., moved out of its office in a commercial building in Guangyuan Road a month ago.

It claimed to specialize in online sales of body shaping, healthcare, and cosmetics products and left two numbers on its Web site. Neither could be accessed.

The company was suspected of fabricating Health Ministry approved item numbers for the capsule and another aloe toxin expulsion capsule. The aloe capsule was listed among nine unqualified health products by Hunan’s food and drug administration in February.

A Guangzhou official said the city's food and drug administration was considering a crackdown to regulate online healthcare product sales.

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