FDA eyes restricting sale of flavored e-cigarettes
Aileen Cerrudo • August 21, 2019 • 1132
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended to the 18th Congress to limit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
Officer in Charge, Food and Drug Administration Usec. Eric Domingo said this is to prevent children from trying vaping.
Domingo said because of these flavors, the children might think it is safe to consume.
“Of course dapat hindi siya attractive to minors. Gusto natin wala iyong mga flavor na candy, flavor na minsan cheesecake. Hindi ba ganiyan iyong mga flavor nila which attract children(Of course it should not be attractive to minors. We do not want the candy flavor, or the cheesecake flavor. Aren’t those flavors very attractive to children?),” he said.
The FDA also said that one of the most effective ways to prevent the youth from doing vices is to increase its taxes.
The House of Representatives already approved the excise tax hike on alcohol and vape products on the third reading.
Vape PH, meanwhile, said that higher taxes can only force people to go back to smoking.
“Heavy taxes on reduced-risk products will only result in smokers sticking it out with conventional cigarettes instead of switching to less harmful nicotine products,” their statement reads.
The Philippine E-Cigarette Industry Association (PECIA) said there was no public consultation for the proposed bill.
“Our organization could have provided the resources and studies to aid House Representatives understand tobacco harm reduction strategies being embraced by some countries,” according to their statement.—AAC(with reports from Mai Bermudez)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the public against the purchase and consumption of unregistered Dipzy Cornpop Lollipops.
The said Dipzy Cornpop Lollipops under the company MM Lucky Multisales Corporation has unauthorized use of Durex condom foil packaging as lollipop wrapper.
“The FDA was notified by the company Baranda & Associates that Durex condom foil packaging is being used as lollipop wrapper by the company MM Marketing reflected on its label,” according to the FDA advisory.
“The FDA verified that the above mentioned food products are not authorized and the Certificates of Product Registration have not been issued,” the advisory further reads.
Concerned establishments are also warned not to distribute the said food products.—AAC
Washington – The United States Food and Drug Administration on Thursday banned the sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes, including fruit and mint, in an attempt to reduce their use among children and youth.
The decision, in which companies have 30 days to cease manufacture, distribution and sales, aims to reduce the “troubling epidemic” among youth, although for some sectors it is seen as a step back from the original plan of the President Donald Trump administration to ban all flavors.
“The United States has never seen an epidemic of substance use arise as quickly as our current epidemic of youth use of e-cigarettes,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in the FDA statement.
On September 11 last year, Azar announced that the Trump administration planned to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes except tobacco after the first deaths linked to their use were made public.
At that time, Trump, in statements from the Oval Office with Azar and other officials, said that vaping is a problem that especially affects “innocent children.”
In October, Juul, the largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes in the US, announced it was suspending sales of most of its flavors in the country ahead of the ban, although it anticipated that it would continue to manufacture tobacco and menthol flavors.
The same month, The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration was considering allowing the sale of some flavors so as not to put at risk the re-election of Trump, whose campaign team has warned of the electoral impact that the plan to ban all flavored e-cigarettes would have amid possible job losses and voter backlash.
The report said Trump’s campaign chief Brad Parscale warned that the plan to reduce vaping among young people could hurt Trump in the 2020 election.
Groups working in the industry also created a pushback campaign called #IvapeIVote and #WeVapeWeVote.
In its statement, the FDA cited federal survey data to show that young people are particularly attracted to flavors such as fruit and mint, more so than to tobacco or menthol.
According to local media, 55 people have died across 27 states due to a lung illness linked to vaping. EFE-EPA
MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking local government units (LGUs) to enforce strict regulation against purchase and consumption of distilled coconut sap locally known as ‘lambanog.’
The request comes after reports that drinking lambanog with high content of methanol caused the deaths of 11 individuals in Laguna and Quezon.
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hereby warns the public on the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages that have not undergone the safety evaluation of this agency,” the FDA said in its advisory.
“All Local Government Units and Law Enforcement Agencies are requested to ensure that these products are not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction,” the agency further said.
According to FDA: “Ingestion of product with an elevated amount of methanol poses serious adverse effects such as blindness, permanent neurologic dysfunction, and even death.”
On Monday (December 23), Mayor Vener Muñoz of Rizal, Laguna declared a state of emergency in his town to address the situation.
Muñoz ordered all individuals who have taken the concerned brand of lambanog to subject themselves into medical consultation.
Among them were Francisco and Delia who rushed to the center to verify their condition.
“Magsisiguro lang kami na makaligtas, (We just want to confirm to be safe,)” said Francisco Solqua.
“Ang balita ko walo na, siempre nenerbyusin ka at walo na ang namatay, (We heard in the news that eight already died and that worries us,)” he added.
“Gusto lang naming magpa-checkuo kasi nakainom kami noon, (We wanted to be checked because we, too, have taken it,)” Delia Monserat said.
Based on the record of the Rizal Municipal Health Office, they already have more than 300 patients under observation.
Symptoms of poisoning manifested among the victims include severe stomach pain, blurring vision, nausea and vomiting after drinking lambanog, according to Rizal MHO Administrative Officer John Michael Gangay.
“Based doon sa findings ng PGH sa ilan na dinala duon may nag-positive sa methanol intoxification, (Based on the findings of the [Philippine General Hospital] from those who were brought there, they were positive of methanol intoxification,)” Gangay said.
The municipal government has already ordered a temporary ban on sale and purchase of Lambanog.
“Kahit kami ay nabigla. Hindi namin alam na may mangyayaring ganito sa bayan namin, (We were also surprised that something like this happened to our place,)” said Antonio Aurello, Rizal Vice Mayor.
“We are doing our best para ma-extend ang tulong sa aming mga kababayan, (help to our kababayans.)” he added.
The Rizal PNP already seized all available supply from the store in Barangay Pook where the victims bought the lambanog while an investigation is ongoing.
“Iimbestigahan natin ito ng mabuti at posibleng magsampa tayo ng demanda laban sa may ari ng Rey Lambanog na si Mr. Fred Rey, (We will investigate this thoroughly and possibly we will file charges against the owner of Rey Lambanog, Mr. Fred Rey,)” explained Police Capt. Lindley Tibuc, the Chief of Rizal Police, said.
“Posibleng madamay ang kaniyang anak na nakapangalan sa DTI, (His son might be implicated because of the registered name in the DTI,)” the official added.
The manufacturer who is based in San Juan, Batangas has already ordered a recall of the lambanog from all its traders.
The supplier will face charges of negligence resulting in multiple homicide and multiple physical injuries.
A similar case of lambanog poisoning was reported in December 2018 where 10 persons died in Laguna, Quezon and Bulacan.
The FDA, meanwhile, advises the public to exercise extreme caution in purchasing and consuming unregistered alcoholic beverages.
As of press time, only 14 brands of lambanog have certification from FDA.
“Retail outlets, and other dealers of alcoholic beverages, are warned against the sale of unregistered products which is a violation of the FDA Act of 2009 and the Food Safety Act of 2013,” the agency said – MNP (with inputs fro Sherwin Culubong)
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