Lien daughter promoted food with unapproved drug
The China Post news staffAuthorities in Taipei yesterday confirmed that a health food product promoted in Taiwan by former Vice President Lien Chan's daughter contains an unapproved substance.
October 24, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Wellslim Plus produced by the company, Geneherbs, contains cetilistat, a substance that is still under clinical trial, Taipei's Department of Health (DOH) said, adding it has referred the case to prosecutors for further investigation.
The department tested the health food following allegations by city councilor, Juan Chao-hsiung, that some Wellslim Plus users had suffered from diarrhea and other illnesses.
The vice president's daughter, Hui-hsin, has been the face of the Geneherbs health food's advertising campaign.
Her attorney said Hui-hsin's contract for Wellslim Plus is set to end at the end of October, but if the product is illegal she will end the contract immediately.
She will also seek compensations from the importer and manufacturer of the health food and at the same time will also shoulder her fair share of legal responsibility, the attorney said.