Company fined for boasting nutritional supplements

The Vietnam Food Administration (VFA) under the Ministry of Health yesterday slapped a fine of VND85 million ($3,742) on a company of herb development for violating the current advertising regulation. 
 

Company fined for boasting nutritional supplements

Head of VFA Nguyen Thanh Phong said that the herb development company had released its product Hamomax on the website http://hamomax.vn without the authority’s censor.
Seriously, the firm put up the advertisement on the website by using a quote from a doctor or another health professional which influenced consumers based on unrealistic use of its health product and use image of famous infirmaries and medical workers without asking permission.
Along with the fine, the health authority asked the firm to remove the advertisement and put the record straight as per the present law.
Before, the firm released also an information on its website that Professor Do Quoc Hung of Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi has found out the way to reduce blood fat without side-effect.
Additionally, the firm used image of the professor and his quote for the nutritional supplement Hamomax. Professor Hung was upset about the false information because the firm has used his personal share as advertisement for its health product.
Meantime, the health authority also issued an administrative fine of VND50 million on An Minh Southern Company in 105 Tran Thien Chanh Street in ward 12 in Ho Chi Minh City’s district 10 and Asia International Pharmaceutical in 91 Nguyen Xien Street in Hanoi’s Thanh Xuan District for violating nutritional supplement. Each company was fined VND50 million.
Both companies were putting up advertisement of its health products Smarto, AC-samin; Sinus plus; HepaB Extra; Beauty Skin on the website: http://smarto.vn; http://duocquocteachau.com which caused misunderstanding that supplements can be used as drugs.
They were asked to remove false advertisements and correct it.

By QUOC LAP – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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