Not all turtle shells allowed in TCM
Shells of turtles that died of natural causes must not be used in traditional Chinese medicine, China’s food and drug watchdog said on Wednesday. It urged local authorities to strengthen supervision of the medicine market and to confiscate all unqualified turtle shells. Anyone found violating the regulations could be subject to criminal prosecution. including 33 from the Chinese mainland and 79 from Taiwan. Police also seized more than 440,000 yuan ($72,400) and confiscated equipment used in the frauds.