FDA warns public vs fake beauty products, face masks
Robie de Guzman • May 28, 2019 • 2792
MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday warned the public against the purchase and use of the counterfeit versions of some local and international beauty products.
On its Facebook page, the FDA posted a series of advisories against the counterfeit versions of the following products:
3W Clinic’s Fresh Lemon and Fresh Aloe Mask Sheet
RDL babyface Whitening Night Cream 5 in 1
RDL Face-off Fade-out Cream Day Cream
Maybelline New York The Magnum Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara
M·N® Menow Generation-II Long Lasting Lip Gloss (Variant 34)
The FDA said the mentioned cosmetic products have been verified to be counterfeit, with the help of the brands’ respective distributors, retailers and traders.
The agency warned that fake products pose potential health hazards since these did not go through the required safety assessment and verification process.
The use of substandard and possibly adulterated beauty products, the FDA said, may result in adverse reactions including but not limited to skin irritation, itchiness, anaphylactic shock, and organ failure.
The FDA warned establishments not to distribute the said products as “regulatory actions and sanctions shall be strictly pursued.”
The agency likewise advised the public to be vigilant against cosmetic products that might not be duly notified with the FDA.
Before purchase, consumers may check if a beauty product has been notified with the FDA by searching about the item on their website.
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)
MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has warned online shops that sell medicines and put prescription drugs on sale, especially this holiday season.
DOH spokesperson and FDA officer-in-charge Usec. Eric Domingo said that the agency has already penalized three online selling platforms for such infraction.
“It’s very rampant. At itong ibang na fine natin nakita na natin yan. Winarningan na natin. Tapos mawawala ng dalawa, tatlong araw iyong mga produkto tapos after a while babalik na naman. And then we have to remind them again na bawal. And we urge them na that they have to police their own ranks,” Domingo said.
The official also advised pharmacies to apply for separate license to operate and certificate of product registration from the FDA should they decide to also venture into online selling.
“Unang – una ang ating mga drug stores allowed lang kayo to sell the products within the premises of the store. Kung gusto niyong tumanggap ng online orders you can apply for it as an extra activity with the FDA. But even then, may limitations iyon,” he added.
Domingo said the limitation is basically applicable to prescription medicines.
“Maaring mag- online, mag-order online ng isang kliyente nila pero kapag kukunin na iyong gamot kailangan pa rin niyang kunin sa pharmacy kung saan naka- store nang tama at ma- check ang reseta bago ibigay sa kaniya,” the official explained.
The FDA is still verifying several reports against online shops that openly sell medicines at a much cheaper price.
They shall be meted out with fines and corresponding charges. — (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf
UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.