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Last Updated Friday March 24 2017 03:59 AM IST

Camel milk may have zero health benefits: Australian watchdog

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Sydney: Camel milk, now hugely popular among Australians and claimed to help with autism, diabetes and cancer, could be nothing but a dodgy product with untrue health claims, an Australian consumer watchdog has said.

Choice, a not-for-profit organization, has singled out Camel Milk Victoria as it found its health claims to be too good to be true, a spokesperson told Xinhua news agency on Thursday.

It has referred the company to the Australian Competitor and Consumer Organization and the Victorian food enforcement bodies for further investigation.

"This all-natural panacea ... is known to help improve the immune system by fighting off bacteria and infections and aid those who have autism, diabetes, tuberculosis, cancer, stomach ulcers and more", Choice said in a statement.

"Problem is, we checked these impressive claims with the food regulator, and none of them are on the list of permissible food health claims."

The investigation is expected o be wrapped up within weeks. Camel Milk Victoria did not respond to Xinhua's requests for comment.

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