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Fake drugs labelled as Chinese tea; France in record haul

Published on Apr 10, 2014 6:50 PM

PARIS (AFP) - 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.

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."

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