The Customer Protection Agency (CPA) filed reports against 16 satellite channels to for advertising unknown health tonics, according to a CPA press statement.
CPA Chairman Atef Yacoub said the agency contacted the Ministry of Health to confirm whether or not the advertised products are registered and have licenses and that the ministry had indeed confirmed that the products are not permitted to be sold as medicine or cosmetics fit for humans.
Yacoub disclosed that CPA referred nine reports to the public prosecutor against Time Comedy, seven against Time Ekhtarnalak, four against Time Cinema, three each against both Time Taxi and Time Movie, two reports against Cairo Drama, and one report each against Cairo Cinema and Panorama Film.
He accused the channels of broadcasting advertisements for “Sunburst”, a product claiming to cure baldness and increase hair density. The Ministry of Health confirmed the product did not obtain any licenses.
The statement said six reports were referred to the public prosecutor against Panorama Drama 2, five against Cairo Cinema, and three against Panorama Movie. The channels also advertised an herbal tea, claiming it aids slimming and is safe for children, which the ministry announced that it was unregistered too.
Yacoub sad that all cases and channels violated Article 6 of the Consumer Protection Act 67/2006, under which the advertiser is obliged to provide the customer with correct information concerning the nature of the product.
CPA warned all consumers against buying unidentified medical products, which are unregistered at the Ministry of Health.