A Chinese herbalist was given a two-year conditional discharge after admitting to selling dangerous pills, containing a banned substance, to a woman who subsequently developed kidney failure and cancer. The Judge ruled that as sale of traditional Chinese medicines was unregulated, there was no evidence that the herbalist knew of the potential harm caused by the tablets. Registration with an appropriate professional body would mean retailers would be alerted to regulations. The Department of Health is currently considering recommendations for such regulation.

Times 18th February 2010