May 15, 2019

Diet pills sold to teenager by UK stores, BBC report finds

A 17-year-old actress, sent by BBC Watchdog, was able to buy diet pills in 17 out of 18 stores visited. Out of the 18 stores visited, 17 stores sold the actress diet pills. "In addition to following the correct guidance as to how these products are currently sold in store, we are looking at how our colleagues communicate with customers to best meet their needs when buying these products." "Our actions consist of checking that all appetite suppressant products have a till restriction. When scanned through the till, it activates a 'prompt' to flash up and remind cashiers that the product is not to be sold to those under the age of 18 years and to ask for photographic ID.". Only registered customers, who've confirmed their date of birth, can buy age-restricted products online. Furthermore, we want to help educate customers about these age restrictions and have plans to implement shelf signs in all stores that sell these diet products informing customers of our policy."

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