Man arrested for toxic liquid

2014-02-20 00:00

A TOXIN specialist in Pretoria has warned parents who used so-called “Beatle Juice” to kill head lice on their children that the potion contains a poisonous agricultural pesticide.

Hairdressers and even teachers are encouraging parents in especially Pretoria to inject the milky, bitter substance into the mouths of their children to kill head lice.

Dr Gerhard Verdoorn said this was extremely dangerous. “Parents who give this [Beetle Juice] to their children should be charged with attempted murder,” Verdoorn said.

Beatle Juice contains Regent 200SC, with the active ingredient Friponil, and is sold in syringes with either 0,1 ml for children under six years, or 0,2 ml for children over six and adults.

Verdoorn said Friponil is used in agricultural pesticides and it is classified as a harmful product by the World Health Organisation.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wanda Olivier said a 40-year-old manufacturer and distributer of the toxin had been arrested in a undercover operation on Friday last week.

Three police officers worked with the Department of Health to pose as buyers for 20 syringes filled with Beatle Juice.

The distributer was arrested after he sold the officers the syringes. He was charged with dealing, distributing and packaging unregistered medicinal products and with packaging and distribution of medicinal products that are not suitable for human consumption.

The suspect had admitted an unmarked container, filled with a milky white liquid, contained the so-called Beatle Juice, said Olivier.

The suspect did not want to say what was in the liquid, saying it was a secret, but admitted that Regent 200SC was the main ingredient.

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