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Consumer warning issued by The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) following a number of potentially dangerous and illegal traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) slimming aids becoming available on the UK market: "Caution should be exercised when considering a traditional Chinese medicine slimming aid to assist with weight loss. The safety, quality and efficacy of these unlicensed medicines cannot be assured due to the possible illegal adulteration or contamination with pharmaceutical drugs or toxic herbal ingredients in some of these aids." (22nd September 2005)