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"No evidence of risk": Prosecutor decides against abuse charges over silver water given to kids

Two women came under suspicion of abuse when they revealed that they had given their children silver water.

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Ylen Spotlight- ja MOT-ohjelmat kertoivat hopeaveden käytöstä syksyllä 2017. Image: Dennis Storhannus / Yle

An Ostrobothnia prosecutor has decided not to press charges against two women who revealed in a television interview that they had given their children silver water, which is falsely believed to heal diseases and prevent illnesses.

The women had made the claims on Yle’s investigative television show MOT at the end of 2017. At the time, the Finnish Medicines Agency Fimea, had issued a warning to firms marketing the product, which is essentially water with a suspension of silver particles.

The agency described as false advertising marketing that hailed the substance as a cure for ailments including acne, inflammations, burn wounds, fungus infections, herpes and hepatitis.

Silver water under EU ban since 2010

Following their disclosures on the Yle programme, the women came under suspicion for abuse. However the local prosecutor decided against pressing charges, saying that there was no evidence that the children’s health had been harmed or endangered.

"This was a case of suspected abuse. We did not have any evidence that the children’s health would have been compromised or then there was such a risk," said Ostrobothnia district prosecutor Peter Levlin.

He said that it was not a difficult decision to reach.

"It was really a relatively easy decision given the available material. There was no other alternative," he added.

The district prosecutor’s decision is not final as it may be overturned by the state prosecutor.

The EU has banned the use of silver water, also known as colloidal silver, for internal consumption since 2010.

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