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
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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