MCI Responds to a Citizen Affected by Honey Called "Bridegroom Mix" and Closes the Shop

24 Sep 2014
​It Turns out that the Honey Contains Prohibited Medical Substances, Proved to be Dangerous to Consumers 
MCI responded quickly to a notification of a citizen who reported that he had ill symptoms, headache and lack of concentration in his vision after eating honey, which he had bought from a shop under the name of "Bridegroom Mix ". The Surveillance Teams rushed to the shop and took a sample of the honey and sent it to laboratory. The test result had shown that the sample contained banned medical substances "stimulants" which can only be used under the supervision of a doctor because they are considered a risk to consumers. The involved shop was closed, and all the confiscated quantities were destroyed as well as the owner of the shop was summoned for investigation and   application of the statutory procedures.
The Inspection Teams had asked the labor in the shop to identify the components of the honey "Bridegroom Mix" for verification, where it turned out they contained: Royal Jelly, Palm Pollen, Ginseng Powder, Pollen and Mountain Sidr Honey. During the inspection, an empty carton, used for Malaysian Royal Honey, had been found in the shop, and this item is prohibited as per the circular issued by the concerned authorities for containing a drug to be used only under prescription and supervision of a doctor.
Consequently, the samples had been sent to Food and Drug Authority to ensure the absence of any banned drug or any violation to the adopted standards and specifications, after receiving the results, it turned out that all the samples sent for test do not comply with the adopted standards and specifications, as well as the Palm Pollen sample had shown that it had been counterfeited with pharmaceutical substance (used as a stimulant) and it is used only under medical supervision and especially for heart patients.
MCI warns the shops of marketing food commodities that bear medical claims, or which are considered serious and harmful to consumers, stressing that it will not tolerate in imposing the legal penalties on violators and those involved. 
This comes within the continuous surveillance rounds implemented by MCI on warehouses and shops to ensure their regular work, and to respond to the notifications of consumers, and to verify the absence of fraud practices and manipulation on consumers, and to stop exploiting the demand for purchase in selling and marketing of any counterfeit or adulterated commodities.
MCI calls on all the consumers to report their complaints and observations to the Notification Center in the Ministry on the phone No. 1900.
Last Modified 26 Dec 2018