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Jakarta Post

Herbs containing chemicals seized

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Purwokerto   /   Mon, March 23 2009   /  01:22 pm

The Food and Drug Controlling Agency's (BPOM) Central Java office seized on Saturday at least a ton of herbal medicines allegedly containing chemical ingredients that could be dangerous to human health. The medicines, or jamu as they are locally known, were seized from two factories and warehouses in Randegan subdistrict, Kebasen district, Banyumas, belonging to jamu producer PT Jaya Asri owned by Kholifan, a local. Agency head Maringan Silitonga told the press in Purwokerto, Banyumas, after the seizure that his office had seized a total of 40 sacks of herbal medicines in the form of powder, allegedly containing dangerous chemical elements, of about a ton in weight. "They are labeled by the company owner as herbal medicines for uric acid and bone flu," Silitonga said. As stipulated in Law No 23/1992 on health, if convicted the owner of the company could be sentenced t...