Not all turtle shells al­lowed in TCM

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION | DIGEST -

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.

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