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Pete Evans fined $25,200 over coronavirus claims

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration has fined celebrity chef Pete Evans over a $15,000 light product that made references to COVID-19.

Australia's medical watchdog has fined celebrity chef Pete Evans $25,200 for claiming a $15,000 'Bio charger' product sold on his website could be used in relation to COVID-19.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) today issued two infringement notices to Peter Evans Chef Pty Ltd for allegedly breaching the Therapeutic Goods Act on social media.

During a Facebook live stream on April 9, Mr Evans claimed a $15,000 device sold on his website called a "biocharger" could be used in relation to "Wuhan Coronavirus".

READ MORE: Pete Evans claims $15,000 'bio charger' could treat 'Wuhan coronavirus'

Pete Evans in a live Instagram video.

The TGA today ruled that claim "has no apparent foundation, and which the TGA takes extremely seriously".

"Any claim that references COVID-19 is a restricted representation under therapeutic goods legislation, and is of significant concern to the TGA given the heightened public concern about the pandemic," the TGA said in a statement.

"The TGA recently published a warning to advertisers and consumers about illegal advertising relating to COVID-19."

One infringement was issued for claims made in the Facebook live stream and a second was made over alleged advertising breaches made on Mr Evan's website.

The page selling the BioCharger claims it can "restore strength, stamina, co-ordination and mental clarity" and can accelerate "muscle recovery and reduce stiffness in joints".

The TGA ruled that because the BioCharger was being represented by Mr Evans as a therapeutic product, it would be regulated by the appropriate legislation.

"Unless a specific exemption applies, therapeutic goods must be entered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) before they can be lawfully supplied or advertised in Australia," the TGA said in a statement.

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"The TGA regulates all medicines, medical devices and biologicals under the Act. The regulatory scheme is important to the safety of Australian consumers, and the TGA investigates suspected illegal activity related to therapeutic goods."

The BioCharger product is no longer listed on Mr Evans' website.

In a statement Pete Evans told 9News.com.au that he would defend the claims made by the TGA.

"The claims made by the TGA are totally unfounded and we will be strongly defending these claims," said Mr Evans.

"It is now in the hands of my lawyers."

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-pete-evans-fined-25200-for-claims-biocharger-used-against-covid19/88110631-669a-4ab9-9c8f-76b976d83d78

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