The ACT Government Health Directorate advises the community to avoid the use of Burmese traditional powders at present, while an investigation into their safety is conducted.
These powders are sometimes used to assist digestion or to promote strength in babies.
Health warning to avoid Burmese traditional powders
"The Health Directorate is investigating whether any of these powders are available for sale in Canberra," Health Directorate spokesperson Dr Charles Guest said.
"While this is happening, we advise that consumption of these products should be avoided.
"Health experts in the United States have found elevated levels of lead in the blood of some Burmese children, possibly linked to the use of these traditional medicines.
"Samples of these powders recently bought in Sydney have been found to contain arsenic, which may also be poisonous,” Dr Guest said.
The traditional powders are sold under various different product names, and have been found in Burmese grocery stores in Sydney. There are concerns these products may be widely used by the Burmese community.
For further information, contact the Poisons Information Centre on 13 1126. As always, seek medical advice for any symptoms of concern.
|Download:||Burmese traditional powders Media Release (15 April 2012) (PDF File - 67k)|
Products under investigation
For a list of the products under investigation, see this list.
|Download:||Burmese traditional powders - Product list (15 April 2012) (PDF File - 44k)|