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Jeddah bans 26 herbal products

Acting on the advice of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), the Jeddah mayoralty has withdrawn 26 herbal products by manufacturers "Al-Basma Al-Dhahabi" for false claims of medical benefits and containing substances harmful to public health, Saudi Gazette has reported. "Some of the products contained high levels of preservatives and cancer-causing agents and harmful substances like mercury, while containing nothing producing the benefits the manufacturers claim," Bashir Abu Najm, head of the mayoralty's commercial licensing and monitoring department, said.