FDA verifies 5 vinegar brands containing ‘synthetic acetic acid’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2019   •   7802

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has verified five vinegar brands containing synthetic acetic acid after they tested 39 vinegar samples in the market.

Based on the released advisory of the FDA on Tuesday (June 4), the five vinegar brands containing synthetic acetic acid should not be sold to the public.

  • Surebuy Cane Vinegar
  • Tentay Pinoy Style Vinegar
  • Tentay Premium Vinegar
  • Tentay Vinegar ‘Sukang Tunay Asim’
  • Chef’s Flavor Vinegar

However, the FDA clarified that synthetic acetic acid does not pose any health risk to an individual.

“The presence of synthetic acetic acid is not a safety issue and does not pose any health risk to consumers as this only means that the vinegar is of substandard quality,” the advisory reads.

The FDA advisory also states there will be inspections “to further verify whether the producers of the above products use synthetic acetic acid.”

“Appropriate regulatory action shall be imposed on those non-compliant establishments found violating current standards, rules,and regulations of the FDA.”(with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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 asks hospitals to report vaping-related illnesses amid rising cases abroad

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling on hospitals under the Department of Health (DOH) to report any cases of illness or injury related to the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette) and vaping amid rising number of such cases in other countries.

“The FDA requests all DOH-retained hospitals to immediately communicate relevant case reports of injuries and illnesses documented arising from the use of these devices,” the agency said in an advisory.

***FDA Advisory No. 2019-258***-Surveillance for injuries and illness arising from the use of electronic nicotine and…

Posted by Food and Drug Administration Philippines on Sunday, 8 September 2019

The FDA said this is in the interest of evidence-based policy development, and in line with the emerging report of electronic cigarette-related injury and illnesses from Europe and North America.

The agency said the use of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems (ENDS/ENNDS) are under the purview of the agency based on Republic Act 9711, the FDA said.

“In compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012, it is expected that the information provided will be anonymized in as much as they are thorough and extensive,” the agency said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August issued an advisory, cautioning the public against the purchase and use of vaping ingredients from the street and to stop modifying either nicotine or cannabis e-cigarette in an effort to curb the reportedly rising cases of vaping-related sicknesses in 25 U.S. states.

As of August 27, U.S. health authorities have monitored 215 possible cases of pulmonary illnesses, all patients have reported using e-cigarette products.

According to the USCDC, e-cigarettes can contain harmful or potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals such as lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing chemicals.

Additionally, some e-cigarette products are used to deliver illicit substances, which may be acquired from unknown or unauthorized sources.

“Based on reports from several states, patients have experienced respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain), and some have also experienced gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea) or non-specific constitutional symptoms (fatigue, fever, or weight loss). Symptoms typically develop over a period of days but sometimes can manifest over several weeks,” the advisory stated.

The USCDC have recommended some steps for clinicians, including the reporting of cases of severe pulmonary disease of unclear etiology and history of e-cigarette use within the past 90 days, to help determine the cause of these sicknesses.

READ: WHO: Tobacco kills 8 million each year, e-cigarettes not a proven alternative

The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier said the use of e-cigarettes should be regulated as there is no evidence proving they were a safer alternative to cigarettes, warning that it normalizes smoking and hooks young people.

FDA orders voluntary recall of specific batch of Lactum Infant Formula Powder

Marje Pelayo   •   September 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised Mead Johnson Nutrition to voluntary recall Lactum Instant Formula Powder for 0-6 Months, with batch no. PL9GDL5B, manufactured on July 12, 2019 and expiration date of January 12, 2021.

The recall order was due to a difference in the actual product inside the box.

According to the FDA, manufacturer Mead Johnson Nutrition received a report from their authorized retailer that there was a discrepancy between the product marked in their storage and the actual product.

The affected batch contained LACTUM Infant Formula Powder 6-12 Months, intended for infants aged 6-12 months, the FDA noted.

Thus, the agency advised the public to stop feeding their infants 0-6 months of the recalled batch as this may cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance due to the formulation being intended for infants aged 6-12 months.

Likewise, there is a greater risk for Cronobacter sakazakii infection for infants under two months of age as the inappropriate formulation inside.

Mead Johnson Nutrition has decided to proceed with the recall of product batch no. PL9GDL5B though the firm has not received any adverse event reports for this incident.

Consumers who may have purchased the above product are advised to contact Mead Johnson Nutrition Center hotline at telephone number 841-8222 of email the FDA at info@fda.gov.ph for information on how to obtain either a replacement product or full refund.

In line with this, the agency ordered all of its Field Regulatory Operations Office (FROO) “to monitor the availability of the product with the specified batch number in the market and instruct the concerned establishment to return the sealed stocks to Mead Johnson Nutrition for proper disposal.”

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