ISLAMABAD: Federal government has issued notices to at lease 14 mega foreign and local pharma and herbal companies, which are allegedly involved in production or distribution or marketing of weight loss products and making wrong claims of quality, suitability of use, characteristics and properties of their products.

According to a report of the Competition Commission of Pakistan, the inquiry report of the CCP recommended that in the interest of the public at large, proceedings may be initiated against M/s MPC Health & Food, M/s Herb Health Club (Pvt.) Ltd, M/s Hemani Herbal, M/s Al-Mughni Herb, M/s Herbs Man Laboratories, M/s Royal Leaf International, M/s Awami Laboratories, M/s The Vitamin Company, M/s British Sliming Clinic, M/s Herbo Natural, M/s Lasani Pharma (Pvt.) Limited, M/s Qarshi Industries (Pvt.) Ltd, M/s Herbal Medicine.pk and M/s Baber Herbal & Homeo Clinic, under provisions of Section 30 of the Act, in accordance with law, for prima facie, violation of Section 10 of the Act and all the other relevant undertakings in the market are warned against such actions.

These companies must never give the net general impression that their products will ensure success even without adoption of a proper diet plan and exercise regime. Furthermore, the enforcement of such practices would not only reduce the probability of consumer injury, but it would also assist in protecting competing undertakings from anti-competitive behavior of the violating undertakings as it can be seen from above discussion that there are various genuine weight loss products available in the market which dices o not have any high sounding false or misleading claims on their marketing material, CCP report added.

It has been observed that such companies, while marketing their products, make various absolute and high sounding claims regarding the quality, suitability of use, characteristics and properties of their products. It has been observed that through such advertisements, the public is being misled into believing that these weight loss products have miraculous effects on the consumer’s body within negligible time period and without causing any side effects.

It has been observed that such undertakings, while marketing their products, make various absolute and high sounding claims regarding the quality, suitability of use, characteristics and properties of their products. It has been observed that through such advertisements, the public is being misled into believing that these weight loss products have miraculous effects on the consumer’s body within negligible time period and without causing any side effects.
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