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The UK is expected to issue a ban on the sale of Chinese patent drugs in 2014, a move that could push many Chinese clinics out of business.

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a notice on July 9, ordering major Chinese medicine stores in Britain to report their current traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) inventories, according to a China Business View report.

The medicine regulator also said it was planning to halt the sale of "Unlicensed Herbal Products",or Chinese patent drugs, in Britain next year.

The plan will have a huge impact on the traditional Chinese medicine community in Britain, according to Bo-ying Ma, president of the Federation of TCM, UK, on Monday.

The traditional Chinese medicine community in Britain has born the brunt of the global financial crisis that started in 2008. Chinese medicine has not been included in the UK.s medical insurance system, so British people whose incomes have fallen have been reluctant to buy Chinese medicines, said Ma.

"We hope the MHRA can offer a five-year transitional period to Chinese drug stores and clinics, so they can sell out their TCM inventories before the ban comes into force",said Ma.

Ma also said he had called on the leaders of the TCM community in the UK to jointly petition the MHRA to drop the plan.

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Elixir of Health or Pesticides Cocktail?
Greenpeace East Asia is currently investigating pesticide residue in Chinese herbal medicine and highlighting the need to end the use of toxic chemicals in industrial agriculture. Chinese herbal products are trusted and used as food ingredients for healing purposes in soups, stir fries and teas by millions of people around the world. However our investigations revealed that the herbs were covered in pesticide residues considered illegal in China and highly hazardous by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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A field covered in black netting enclosures a pseudo-ginseng farm in Dehou Town, Wenshan County, Yunnan Province. Wenshan, is the origin and the main production area for pseudo-ginseng and accounts for almost 98 percent of China's total pseudo-ginseng yield.

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A farmer from the Miao minority pours a cocktail of pesticides into a sprayer to prepare for spraying his pseudo-ginseng farm. Dehou Town, Wenshan County, Yunnan Province. Wenshan is the origin and the main production area of pseudo-ginseng and accounts for almost 98 percent of China's total yield.

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A farmer from the Miao minority sprays pesticide on his pseudo-ginseng field. Dehou Town, Wenshan County, Yunnan Province. Wenshan is the origin and the main production area of pseudo-ginseng and accounts for almost 98 percent of China's total yield.

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Young leaves of the panax pseudo-ginseng, commonly known as 'Sanqi' or 'Tianqi' in Chinese, bears whitish stains from pesticide use in Dehou Town, Weshan County, Yunnan Province. Wenshan, is the origin and main production area of panax pseudo-ginseng.

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A worker uses a sieve to get rid of loose soil from a consignment of pseudo-ginseng at an open air in Wenshan, Yunnan Province. The traditional Chinese medicinal herb is openly traded here and is frequented by many middlemen and small scale wholesalers.

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A farmer shows off his crop of 'Sanqi' at an open market in Wenshan, Yunnan Province. Panax pseudo-ginseng, or 'Sanqi', is well reputed since the ancient times for its effect of quickening blood flow, dissolving stasis, and eliminating swelling and pains. Wenshan is the origin and main production area ofpanax pseudo-ginseng.

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