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Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Mehdi Eker has announced that the government is working on a new regulation which will place various restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements and herbal products in Turkey.
There are currently numerous commercials promoting the sale of dietary supplements and herbal products, which are depicted as alternatives to medicines in treating various ailments, both on the Internet or on television.
Now, the government is drafting a new regulation to restrict the sale of such products in the country.
A 15-member commission consisting of experts from the Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Ministry and the Health Ministry will be established as part of the regulation. This commission will examine every domestically produced and imported supplement and will approve the sale of such products.
The products that do not meet the commission's standards will not be sold in the country.
The regulation is expected to come into effect within three months.
Speaking to Turkish press, Minister Eker stated that with the restrictions introduced in the new regulation, the government plans to prevent the sale of products that might adversely affect the public's health.
Giving more details, the minister stated that a monitoring system will be created for such products which will enable people to check if the products that they have purchased have been approved.
Stating that nearly eight tons of dietary supplements and herbal products are consumed annually in Turkey, Eker further stated that these products are being marketed as though they are medicine, adding that the government will impose strict penalties on those who market the products in such a manner.Last Mod: 04 Mayıs 2013, 10:46