MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday reminded the public that the sale and promotion of silver jewelry cleaners containing cyanide remain prohibited in the country.
The FDA issued the reminder following post-marketing surveillance activities and laboratory testing by its Common Services Laboratory, which showed that these cleaning solutions are still being sold in the market.
The agency further noted that cases of poisoning from silver jewelry cleaners with clinical features of changes of the sensorium, loss of consciousness, and hemodynamic instability as possible signs and symptoms of cyanide poisoning. These were documented by the National Poison and Management Control of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (NPMCC, UP-PGH) up to the year 2020.
“In order to eliminate potential risks to human health brought about by cyanide exposure, the FDA hereby reiterates the ban of all silver jewelry cleaners containing cyanide that is manufactured, distributed, imported, sold, and offered for sale or promoted in the market/e-commerce marketplaces,” the FDA said in its advisory.
“Cyanide is a highly toxic chemical, which may be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested (accidental or deliberate) even at small doses/concentration,” the agency said.
“Exposure to cyanide may bring about any of the following signs and symptoms within minutes –dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, restlessness, and weakness or may lead to respiratory failure, loss of consciousness, and possibly death, among others,” it added.
It also advised the public to always check if a product is registered with the FDA by using its Verification Portal.
“All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute any banned household/urban hazardous substances,” it said.
“All FDA regional field offices and regulatory enforcement units, in coordination with law enforcement agencies and local government units, are requested to ensure that banned products are not sold or made available in the market or areas of their jurisdiction,” it added.