FDA warns public against purchasing ‘misbranded’ face masks

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2020   •   256

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds the public, especially healthcare professionals, not to engage in transactions involving “misbranded” face masks.

According to the agency, the surge in demand for face masks introduced such products which normally come in packages labeled with foreign characters. 

The agency, in particular, identified these brands as follows:

  • Fu Le Bang Disposable Mask
  • Flag World Face Mask
  • MAsk

The FDA stressed that under the RA 3720 or the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, products presented in packages with labels unknown or cannot be read by consumers are considered ‘misbranded.’

FDA warns public against purchase, use of ‘misbranded’ face masks

Robie de Guzman   •   August 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday warned healthcare professionals and the general public not to purchase and use face masks that are ‘misbranded’ and are sold in foreign characters.

In an advisory posted on Wednesday, the FDA identified the following misbranded face masks labeled in foreign characters:

  • Fu Le Bang disposable mask
  • Flag World Face Mask
  • Mask

The agency said that the mentioned medical device products are being offered for sale in the local market as verified through a post-marketing surveillance.

Republic Act 9711 or the FDA Act states that a device shall be deemed misbranded if any word, statement, or other information required to appear on the label is not appropriately placed or understandable to consumers.

The FDA said the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising, or sponsorship of any misbranded health products is prohibited under the law.

The agency called on its regional field offices, law enforcement agencies and local government units to ensure that these products are not sold nor made available in the market or their areas of jurisdiction.

The FDA also urged the Bureau of Customs to restrain the entry of these misbranded products in the country.


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