FDA orders seizure, warns public of Cosmic Carabao Gin

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2019   •   2041

Cosmic Carabao | Courtesy: Juan Brew Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday ordered the seizure of Cosmic Carabao Gin products after its samples were found positive for methanol.

In an advisory, the FDA said the order was issued following the reported incidents involving two women who fell ill shortly after allegedly consuming the said gin. The victims were rushed to separate hospitals where one of them reportedly died.

FDA officer-in-charge Eric Domingo earlier said he received a report that one of the victims had methanol poisoning.

Methanol, according to the FDA, a widely available chemical that has many industrial applications is also found in household products and fuel for aircraft.

Non-toxic trace amounts of methanol can also be naturally found in fruit juices. It can also be a product of natural fermentation and is found in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

The FDA said higher concentrations of methanol in alcoholic drinks can happen when methanol is deliberately added to alcoholic drinks.

Signs and symptoms of methanol poisoning include vomiting, abdominal pain, hyperventilation and feeling of breathlessness. Blindness can also happen in severe cases.

The FDA said the Cosmic Carabao Gin was manufactured by Juan Brewing, Inc.

In its website, Juan Brew said the clear liquid craft gin is “an out of this world citrus-forward Gin,” made with “distilled water, neutral spirit (from sugarcane), juniper berries, coriander seeds, dayap lime, angelica plant root, kaffir leaves, green, cardamom pods.”

In its Facebook post, the company said it is now verifying reports but did not address questions regarding the product’s certificate of product registration.

“We would like to emphasize that our company is dedicated to the highest standard in [the] processing of our products and puts the health of our consumers above all,” it said.

In a separate advisory, the FDA said it has ordered the “sealing of all raw materials, including in-process distillates, and seizure of all unregistered Cosmic Carabao Gin” in the facility of Juan Brewing Inc. and all those that are on sale in the market.

It also requested local government units and law enforcement agencies to ensure that this product is not sold or made available in their areas of jurisdiction.

The FDA also warns the public against the consumption of the said product as “this is currently unregistered and has been confirmed to contain a high level of methanol.”

“Consumers must also exercise extreme caution in buying alcoholic drinks, especially those that do not have labels, poorly printed labels or with broken seals,” it added.

FDA must tighten regulations on processed meat – DA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 17, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Regulations on processed meat such as well-loved Filipino delicacies tocino and longganisa should be tightened by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).

According to Agriculture Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs Ernesto Gonzales, consumers cannot be complacent on buying these processed products especially if they are not sure of the source or origin of the raw meat.

Gonzales added that it is difficult to determine if the pork meat is contaminated with African Swine Fever (ASF) once it is processed.

He added that even ‘botcha’ or double-dead pork meat can be made into meat delicacies without the consumer noticing it because of colorings and extenders used in the process.

The official said the best way to determine if the pork meat is safe for consumption is to know the source of the raw meat, and if it is certified by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).

Kapag na-issue-han na ang karne from slaughterhouse ng meat inspection certificate (once meat from the slaughterhouse is issued with meat inspection certificate), definitely that meat is safe to eat,” Gonzales said.

However, the DA admitted that the government is lacking when it comes to regulations on processed meat so the coordination of the local government units (LGUs) is of utmost importance.

Iyang problema natin yung mga maliliit na food processors na gumagawa ng mga longanisa, tocino, ang regulation hindi ganoon ka-strict ( The problem with small-time food processors or makers of longanisa and tocino is that the regulation is not that strict), ” Gonzales noted.

If ever the processed meat is infected with ASF, Gonzales said, it is still safe to eat, provided that it went through the proper cooking procedure of 30 minutes under 70’C temperature. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

FDA warns public vs several unregistered food products

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against the purchase and consumption of several unregistered food products.

According to the FDA, they have verified through post-marketing surveillance that the products are not authorized and have not been issued with Certificates of Product Registration (CPR).

Because of this, the FDA said they cannot guarantee the safety and quality of the following products:

  1. JC PILI CENTER CLASSIC TURMERIC LEMONGRASS POWDERED TEA
  2. JC PILI CENTER CLASSIC TURMERIC MALUNGGAY POWDERED TEA
  3. JC PILI CENTER CLASSIC TURMERIC PANDAN
  4. CULINARY EXCHANGE PREMIUM ORO 100% PURE COFFEE
  5. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Fiery Glaze
  6. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Hot & Spicy
  7. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Soy Garlic
  8. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Creamy Cheese
  9. TSARAP’ TO! Cheesedog (250g)
  10. TSARAP’ TO! Tocino 230g (8.11oz.)
  11. TSARAP’ TO! Cheesedog 1kg (35.27 oz.)
  12. TSARAP’ TO! Cheesedog 500g (17.63 oz.)
  13. MIXMATE GINGERALE
  14. OK ® MINI PILLOW WAFER CHEESE FLAVOR SNACK
  15. MONIEGOLD GUMMY TAMARIND & PLUM
  16. BARRIO FIESTA JUMBO ROASTED PEANUTS SPICY
  17. PREMIO BRILLO CAFFE ARABICA MEDIUM DARK ROAST
  18. CARL’S SPECIAL FISH CRACKERS (TENDER & CRUNCHY)
  19. CARL’S SPECIAL FISH CRACKERS (TENDER & CRUNCHY) Hot & Spicy
  20. MAGIC VINEGAR
  21. ENG SENG FOOD PRODUCTS SPECIAL TOWER PASTILLAS
  22. AURO CHOCOLATE RESERVE 2016, 70% DARK CHOCOLATE
  23. CRACKLE SNACKS SALTED EGG
  24. Y. FARM DRIED DRAGON FRUIT
  25. DIZON’S FARMS FRESH HABIT COMLD PRESSED JUICE – JUST BEAT IT
  26. LEMON GRASS ICED TEA

The FDA has warned establishments against selling these products.

“All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute violative food products until they have been issued the appropriate authorization, a License to Operate (LTO) for the establishment, and a CPR for the food products,” according to the FDA.

They also advised the public to always check if a food product or food supplement is registered with the FDA through their website (www.fda.gov.ph).—AAC

 

FDA orders DOH-controlled hospitals to report vape-related injuries

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Department of Health (DOH)-controlled hospitals to report cases that are related to using vape.

This was after health officials in the United Stated confirmed on Tuesday (September 10) that a 50-year-old man died of lung disease linked to vape use.

According to Dr. Anton Javier, project manager of Product Research and Standards Development Division Center for Cosmetics in the FDA, they might not monitor any illnesses related to using vape just yet because of the latency period.

“Because of the latency period nga po baka po wala pa tayo makita just yet. Pwede po kasing nagve-vape ka ngayon pero iyong mga magiging sakit niyo down the line pa, (Because of the latency period, we might not see [incidence] just yet. You can actually use vape now but your illness might appear down the line)” he said.

However, an expert said the confirmed case in the United States should not be a cause of alarm.

“It’s been well proven by laboratories in the US that deaths in Kansas whatever it is, has got nothing to do with e-cigarettes its what these people has put in e cigarettes that contains adulterated contaminants of cannabis,” according to Harm Reduction Expert Dr. Tikki Pang.

The FDA had previously released a regulation on using vape or e-cigarettes. Manufacturers or retailers were given until October 25 to register their products to the FDA.

The FDA has also warned against the dangers of the chemicals found in vape products. This include cynemaldehide which causes blockage in the lungs which can lead to difficulty in breathing.

Another dangerous chemical, according to the FDA, is diacetyl which causes bronchylitis or inflammation of the lungs.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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