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Our products are safe, says Eu Yan Sang

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A locally available version of the product currently at the centre of scrutiny.

PETALING JAYA: A local Chinese medicine chain has said it will not remove one of its products, Bo Ying Compound, from shelves as it has not received any directive to do so.

Following news circulating on social media that the product contains high levels of lead, Eu Yan Sang Group senior manager Wong Kah Cane told theSun that the group had not received any directive to withdraw the product from the market as the US Food and Drug Administration is still conducting investigations on the matter.

“However, I wish to stress that it is still unknown whether the product that tested positive for excessive lead is the actual Hong Kong Bo Ying Compound product or a fake.

“This is because we have never exported any Hong Kong Bo Ying Compound to US, so how is it possible for them to ban something that is not being exported there?” he said, adding that all their products are produced locally and comply with all the safety requirements set by the respective health departments.

Wong further pointed out that the Hong Kong Bo Ying Compound is produced there and its manufacturing facility in Hong Kong has obtained all the relevant certificates and accreditation from the government there.

Asked if the Malaysia Bo Ying Compound is safe for consumption, Wong said that the product is manufactured locally and is safe, and that there is a slight difference in terms of its formulation as compared to the Hong Kong version.

“We wish to assure our consumers that all Eu Yan Sang products adhere to the Chinese medicine regulations imposed by the regulatory authorities in the country of origin.

“(As such), every batch of product meets the safety and quality standards for proprietary Chinese medicine set by the local health regulating bodies,” he added.

Wong revealed that the manufacturing facility in Malaysia had obtained GMP certification since 1997 and ISO9001 international accreditation 2001 to ensure all products at the facility comply with the stringent safety and quality assurance standards.

On identifying counterfeit products in Malaysia, Wong said: “The consumer can do so by looking at the product registration number or they can always check it with the Health Ministry’s website to verify the authenticity of the product.”

via Our products are safe, says Eu Yan Sang | theSundaily.

When ‘remedies’ make things worse

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High-tech apparatus: HKL director Datuk Dr Zaininah Mohd Zain (left) and Dr Noor Hisham (centre) checking out medical equipment at an exhibition booth during the seminar.

KUALA LUMPUR: Soy sauce, toothpaste, butter, egg white and salt – these are just some of the things that ill-informed parents apply to burns suffered by their children.

“Parents often don’t know what to do when children are burnt or scalded and apply things which make it worse,” said Dr Mohd Yusof Abdullah, a paediatric surgeon at Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s Burn Unit.

He said administering unsterile substances could infect the wound.

“We have seen burns made worse by the application of home remedies, resulting in the cases needing surgery,” he said at the 3rd HKL Burn Seminar yesterday.

Dr Mohd Yusof advised parents and child minders to run tap water on the wound for 20 minutes.

Ice should not be used as extreme cold can cause hypothermia.

Burns are the 11th leading cause of child deaths, with those four years old and below at the greatest risk.

“Parents must supervise and monitor their children closely. Most child burn cases are preventable,” he said, adding that serious burns could take up to six months to heal.

case studies mentioned by Dr Mohd Yusof included a child who touched an electrical wire atop a commuter train, resulting in 70% of his body covered with burns.

Another involved a child who played with matches and started a fire that claimed his father’s life and left him with burns on 45% of his body.

“It is sad dealing with children, especially when changing their dressings,” he said.

The two-day HKL Burn Seminar covers various aspects of burns, including infection control and reconstructive surgery.

Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah who opened the seminar, said HKL had received 121 burn cases so far this year, with 10 deaths.

“I hope more units will be opened at hospitals nationwide due to the increase in outpatients for burns,” he said.

via When ‘remedies’ make things worse – Nation | The Star Online.

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