oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Warning against sale and use of banned Comfrey



It has come to the attention of the Department of Health that comfrey, a herbal plant, is still being offered to the public as herbal tea or as an ingredient in foodstuffs, five years after the sale of this substance was banned in 2003. The sale of comfrey as a foodstuff was prohibited in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 1972 (Act 54 of 1972). Comfrey containing products with medicinal claims are not yet regulated as complementary medicines. Regulations in this regard are still being finalised. The Regulations Relating to the Prohibition of the Sale of Comfrey, Foodstuffs Containing Comfrey and Jelly Confectionery Containing Konjac, were published in the Government Gazettee on 10 October 2003, and prohibited its use as a foodstuff.


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