Updated: 04/10/2014 18:48 | By Agence France-Presse

Fake drugs labelled as Chinese tea: France in record haul

French customs have confiscated millions of counterfeit drugs imported from China in what they described as the biggest seizure of its kind within the European Union.


Fake drugs labelled as Chinese tea: France in record haul

Photo of pharmacy signs taken on 11 April 2013 in Lille, France - by Philippe Huguen

A total of 2.4 million doses of drugs for ailments including diarrhoea, headaches and erectile dysfunction were seized at the end of February in the port of Le Havre in boxes labelled as containing Chinese tea, customs officials said Thursday.

"Some of the drugs contain no active ingredient, which constitutes outright cheating of consumers," a statement from the customs executive said.

"Others have different levels of the active ingredient compared to the authentic drug which means they could represent a serious health risk for patients taking them."

According to French customs, the previous record seizure in the EU was for 1.2 million doses of counterfeit aspirin, also made at Le Havre in Normandy, in May 2013.

The problem of counterfeit drug production in China was highlighted last year when the country's authorities launched a crackdown which led to 1,300 arrests in December and the closure of dozens of unauthorised online pharmacies.

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn

NEWS VIDEOS

MORE NEWS VIDEOS

facebook recommendations

LIVE NEWS RADIO STREAMING

  • 938 Live

    938LIVE is Singapore's only English news and talk station which transmits round the clock with an engaging and enticing spread of programmes on current affairs, health, business and lifestyle as well as news every half hour until midnight.

  • Capital 958


    95.8FM城市频道的前身是"第三广播网"。上个世纪30年代末,新加坡就有中文广播,一路走来经过不少政治,社会局势的改变,中文广播在本地一直扮演举足轻重的角色。