The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 03/31/2009 10:43 AM
West Java police burned thousands of boxes of artificial "herbal" medicine, cosmetics and tainted food at the office's headquarters in Bandung on Tuesday morning.
The police and the local Food and Drug Monitoring Agency said the goods, which were siezed from a warehouse in Bandung last month, contain dangerous chemical substances.
“There are a total of 15 tons of them worth billions of rupiah,” head of the agency Agung Prabowo said, as quoted by tempointeraktif.com. He added that the goods include 130,000 packs of bogus herbal medicine.
Agus said the agency suspect the bogus medicine has been distributed to small stores and kiosks.
Police have arrested Yo Giok Hin, aka Johny Setiawan, owner of the warehouse, as suspect in the case, but are making further investigations.
Text on the herbal packages claims the medicines were made in Cilacap or Jawa Tengah. Brand names include Cobra, Pastijoss, Sembilan Raja and Jawa Asli. (dre)