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Wednesday, June 19, 2024
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GINSENG CANDY FOUND WITH ILLEGAL “PERFORMANCE ENHANCING” MEDICATION

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has issued a warning to consumers to avoid consuming Kingu Ginseng Candy, a product originating from Malaysia, after discovering that it contains tadalafil, a prescription medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction. The candy was marketed on various e-commerce platforms with claims of enhancing male sexual performance.

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The agency has taken action to remove listings of the product from e-commerce platforms and has issued warnings to sellers to stop selling the product. The use of tadalafil without medical supervision can lead to adverse effects such as heart attack, migraines, and priapism, a disorder characterized by painful and exceedingly long erections. Tadalafil can also cause potentially life-threatening low blood pressure in those taking heart medications.

Consumers are advised not to consume or purchase the product, and those who have consumed it and have concerns about their health should seek medical advice. The SFA also advises the public to exercise caution when consuming food from unknown or unverified sources and to seek more information before making purchases.

The agency has warned that those found guilty of selling and supplying unsafe food items that contain banned or potent substances may face fines of up to $5,000 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses may result in imprisonment for up to three months, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

The SFA is committed to ensuring the safety of food sold in Singapore and takes a serious view of the sale and supply of unsafe food items. The agency will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action to protect public health.

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In conclusion, consumers are advised to be cautious when purchasing food products, especially from unknown or unverified sources, and to seek medical advice if they have concerns about their health after consuming a product. The SFA will continue to enforce strict regulations to ensure the safety of food sold in Singapore.

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