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Amazon under fire for selling illegal products that 'claim to cure or treat cancer'
Products claim to 'relieve' cancer and cleanse bloodIt is illegal to advertise such products in the UK
08:37 GMT, 1 April 2013
12:34 GMT, 1 April 2013
Amazon has come under fire for listing products for sale that claim they can cure cancer.
The products, available to order from third parties through Amazon's UK website, include dried crocodile's blood pills, apricot kernels and blood cleansers.
Among their listings, they claim to be able to 'relieve' cancer and 'give cancer cells a hard time'.
A listing for Bob's Best Apricot Kernels claimed they could 'give cancer a hard time' (file photo)
The 1939 Cancer Act bans adverts that claim to offer cures or treatments for the disease.
The items were only taken down from the site after The Times newspaper contacted the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, two weeks after Amazon was told about the listings.
Pharmacology professor David Colquhoun, of University College London, told the newspaper: 'The real danger is that people will believe the hucksters and take only things like these.'
Orders for one of the products, Indian Madder sold by Ayur Organics and Herbs UK, were fulfilled by Amazon UK itself, meaning the items are posted from one of its own warehouses.
A listing for dried crocodile blood supplement claimed the pills could 'relieve' cancer
Indian Madder claimed to be a 'blood
cleanser' while Bob's Best Apricot Kernels, sold by Karowi, said it
gives cancer cells 'a hard time'.
In 2006, the Food Standards Agency warned that apricot kernels can produce cyanide and could be fatal in high doses over a
short period of time.
Wanithai dried crocodile blood supplement, sold by Sabuy My Shop, claimed to 'relieve' cancer.
Professor Colquhoun called the claims about their medical properties 'absurd'.
When approached by MailOnline this morning, a spokesman for Amazon UK responded with: 'I can confirm that those items are not available for sale.'
He did not comment on why it had taken so long to remove the products from the site.