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Offices sealed off shopping channel promoting illegal drugs

By JT - Nov 21,2012 - Last updated at Nov 21,2012

AMMAN — The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) on Wednesday sealed the offices of a shopping channel promoting illegal pharmaceuticals, sexual enhancement drugs and electronic cigarettes.

A JFDA statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times quoted Health Minister Abdul Latif Wreikat, who is also JFDA chairman, as saying that the administration monitors several satellite channels that promote these products.

Wreikat noted that JFDA officials found the materials during an inspection of the shopping channel’s offices and seized several items, including illegal weight loss products, pharmaceuticals of unknown compounds and smuggled drugs sold for JD100 a pack after tampering with their content.

The JFDA also seized bottles of eye drops that contained only water.

Meanwhile, the administration destroyed 25 tonnes of rice and flour deemed unfit for human consumption that were allocated for the Zaatari Refugee Camp, according to a JFDA statement.

Wreikat said the JFDA also destroyed 13 tonnes of dates in coordination with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation.

The statement quoted JFDA Director General Hayel Obeidat as saying that the inspection teams also found 100 containers of adulterated olive oil in Jerash.

In addition, the JFDA seized illegal sexual enhancement drugs being sold and substantial quantities of fake eye and nose drops at a pharmacy in Zarqa.

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