Producers added drugs to health food: Chinese watchdog

Producers added drugs to health food: Chinese watchdogBeijing, May 14 : Health food producers in Shanghai have been found to add a banned chemical in their products that drastically lowers the consumer's blood sugar, a health watchdog has said.

The act led to potentially fatal side effects among consumers, the Shanghai Commission of Consumers' Rights and Interests Protection discovered after a recent inspection.

A capsule had a blood-sugar-reducing drug, metformin, added to it, the Shanghai Daily reported.

"This is very dangerous. Consumers complained the capsule caused an extremely low glycaemic index and many had to be admitted to hospital," said Qiu Weiling, director of the commission's health products office.

The commission also found some health food packages misled consumers with claims that the food could cure or prevent diseases.(IANS)