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Illegal medicine factory turned over BRL 400,000 a month



The illegal medicine factory shut down on Monday (22) by the Civil Police in Jandaia do Sul, Paraná, had a turnover of up to BRL 400,000 a month. The investigation shows that at least ten Brazilian states were receiving the herbal medicines and food supplements produced irregularly. The site did not have a license to manufacture the products which, according to the police, were handled without sanitary precautions.


According to police chief Saulo de Tarso, labels for various brands of medicines were also found at the site, which could constitute counterfeiting. The deputy, however, is waiting for the Sanitary Surveillance to confirm the suspicion.


“Witnesses who worked there say that there were no criteria for mixing the components or even sanitary and hygienic precautions,” said the police officer. Every day, around 100,000 capsules of medicines such as food supplements and slimming pills were produced and sold to states such as Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Rondônia and Rio Grande do Norte, among others.


INVESTIGATION


Investigations into the illegal factory began in March after an anonymous tip indicated the illegal practice.

No documents of any kind were presented and the Army has no record of purchasing supplies and raw materials for reloading ammunition,” said the police officer.


The owner of the company was arrested and five employees were taken to the police station. The police are continuing their investigations.


The clandestine drug factory closed down on Monday (22) by the Civil Police in Jandaia do Sul, Paraná, was making between BRL 300,000 and BRL 400,000 a month. The investigation shows that at least ten Brazilian states were receiving the herbal medicines and food supplements produced irregularly. The site did not have a license to manufacture the products which, according to the police, were packaged and handled without sanitary precautions.


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