The Health Ministry has issued another warning over illegal sex stimulants being advertised on social media, this time under the brand names VIMAX and Balance.
A ministry statement yesterday said the unregistered products are being advertised on Facebook accounts.
“VIMAX is being advertised on a Facebook account named Psar Khmer,” the statement said. “Balance is being advertised by the Facebook accounts of Pov Da, Ah Su, Samnang Balance X O, Long Soknit, Ratanak Shop, Medical shopping, Dl Channeang, Derjanh dermbey Sereypear Bong, Balance X.O’ shop online, Doy Loy and Balance X&O.”
It said that the products under the Balance brand name were illegally imported from Thailand. They were also not registered under any company and posed a health risk to buyers.
It added that the sex stimulant VIMAX is also illegally imported and not registered with the ministry.
The statement said the ministry will take legal action against all Facebook account owners and appealed to those who come across accounts advertising the products to come forward with information.
Soth Vireak, a Balance seller, said that he did not know the product was illegal because a distributor showed him a licence purportedly issued by the government.
Tong Sovannachetra, a VIMAX product distributor, said that the owner of the Facebook account Psar Khmer told him that the product was imported from the United States and was legal.
“If I had known the product was illegal I would not sell it,” he said. “I will stop selling it from now on.”
Last month, Hean Kimseat, the deputy director of the regulatory office at the ministry, said he was looking into Facebook accounts that promoted such illegal products with the view to identify and take action against the owners.