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Korea FDA disciplines labs over herbal tests

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Seven Korean "quality-test laboratories" failed to follow proper procedures and methods in analyzing imported herbal medicine materials, according to South Korea's FDA. The Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine - the only government-invested facility among the labs - will be removed from KFDA's list of designated quality-test labs, after the agency determined the lab carried out faulty inspections of herbals 17 times. The agency warned the other six firms to correct mistakes, which include failure to record examination results thoroughly and improper storage of herbals, Ryu Seung-Rel, a KFDA senior researcher, told 1PharmAsia News. KFDA said there were no problems with the herbals, which were imported from Australia, China, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam

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