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Parents worry over impact of nutrition supplements

By Xu Jingxi  (China Daily)

09:41, March 14, 2012

Company claims its products have been qualified

Quality watchdogs in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, have launched a probe into the products of Kingkeys after a TV program highlighted parents' concerns over the impact of its nutrition supplements on their children's health.

In complaints made to a consumer program of Zhejiang TV, more than 160 consumers nationwide claimed that their children had suffered from calcium and vitamin D deficiencies after taking nutrition supplements made by Kingkeys, a Guangzhou-based company that claims to offer cod liver oil and calcium capsule's imported from Norway.

The TV station first reported the parents' concerns on March 6. The reported symptoms include delayed dental development, rib deformities and rickets.

A total of 166 consumers from provinces including Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Guangdong, Sichuan and Gansu have contacted the program to report similar problems, a reporter answering the channel's hotline said on Tuesday.

"I feel as if I was deceived into buying the expensive products," said a 30-year-old woman surnamed Yu from Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

"The products were put on the shelves for health products and medicines in pharmacies. And the salesperson told me that the nutritional supplements were so effective that I could stop feeding our baby son the medicine I got from the hospital."

Yu fed her 30-month-old son Kingkeys' cod liver oil and calcium capsules since he was 1 year old. She spent more than 200 yuan ($32) a month on the products.

The boy was healthy when he had a check-up at the age of 13 months, but an examination last week showed that he was diagnosed as suffering from rib deformities, an early symptom of rickets.

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