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•Slim 10 distributor Health Biz and founder, director president Semon Liu - importers and distributors neglected "duty of care to consumers" but failed to keep proper records of consignments of pills that were being imported and do proper batch tests •Without verification, TV Media made false claim (negligence under Singapore Sales of Goods Act), products said to be 100% herbal and safe for consumption.•Lack of regulation on China’s side as it would mean additional costs.•TV Media continued to sell and sold more aggressively in the period that HSA gave to comply to ban on sales, in spite of danger. HSA’s gave 4 days, and did not quickly follow up to ensure sales’ stopped
•HSA can do random checks on products put on sale, ensure bans on dangerous products are immediate, raise consumer education on health supplements, ensure that advertising claims are substantiated, stricter penalties with regards to medicinal products.The Insider: •Ethical Issues: Immoral management: Sought to increase addictive nature of cigarettes through impact boosting, which is to enable nicotine to be more rapidly absorbed in the lungs and hence affect the brain and CNS, also to transit from coumarin to another carcinogen, coumadin. Wigand fired because he did not want to participate in work against his conscience, because his recommendations would reduce B&W’s sales. Companies had full knowledge of risks posed to consumers, yet denied in front of Congress under vow, and had kept such documents under wrap, and developed legal strategies to keep such info away from authorities and public (blatant disregard of consumer Magna Carta). CBS did not want to let 60 Minutes reveal segment due to sale of company to Westinghouse being compromised on, management at CBS had vested interests and would profit from sale. Blocked show on grounds of tortious interference. Only allowed for airing after NYT and WSJ released reports.•Underhand tactics:Tailed Wigand, left cold calls, send threatening e-mails, released 500 page dossier on Wigand’s history as part of smear campaign, threatened to cease severance benefits should he breach his confidentiality agreement, exerted mental pressure, led to Wigand’s family breaking up, Kentucky gag order resulted in Wigand unable to return home after giving witness account. Wigand eventually left alone feeling betrayed, wonder if it was worth it as Lowell Bergman was unable to help him with lack of support from CBS. •Lack of whistle-blowing protection, compensation by authorities, highly dependent on strength of moral compass. Need to establish that whistleblower doing it for right reasons.Intangible impact such as mental stress, family leaving, loss of career opportunities. Lawsuits by tobacco companies always won due to unlimited financing and coercion, as well as powerful lobbyists.