LGUs check stores amid recall of pork products due to African Swine Fever scare

Marje Pelayo   •   May 29, 2019   •   2777

Courtesy: Dr. Paul Tolentino Foronda

MANILA, Philippines – Some local government units have begun inspecting grocery and retail stores in their areas for available pork and pork-based products amid African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in some European and Asian countries.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday (May 28) issued a recall order on all pork and pork-based items from local markets to prevent the possible spread of the deadly pig virus.

READ: FDA orders recall of pork products from African Swine Fever-affected countries

Dr. Paul Toletino Foronda, municipal veterinarian of Dinalupihan, Bataan posted on his Facebook page images of their initiative to remind grocery stores to self-recall the prohibited items from their respective shelves pending turn over to the FDA.

Foronda said they were able to convince store owners to pull out of more than 800 cans of ‘Ma Ling’ brand luncheon meat throughout their rounds.

Foronda wishes that they may be given authority to confiscate the banned items to keep consumers from buying them.

“We do what we can to help. Gusto sana namin mabigyan na kami ng order to dispose para mai-alis na agad ang risk (We wish to be given order to dispose so we could immediately remove the risk),” Foronda said.

The initiative is also being done in Parañaque City.

Meanwhile, supermarket owners said they might return the items to their suppliers.

They clarified, however, that similar items with manufacturing dates earlier than the August 2018 effectivity of the import ban can still be purchased in their stores.

“Makikipag-away na lang kami sa mga supplier namin (We have no choice but to deal with our suppliers),” noted Steven Cua, president of the Philippine Amalgamated Supermarket Association.

“Siempre, binili na iyan. Binayaran na. Isosoli ninyo pa sa amin. Ngayon kung meron silang ibang item hindi lang naman iyong item na karga nila, palit nalang. Swap (The items have been paid already. The suppliers might object if we return them. But we may ask to swap the banned items with other products),” he added.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said they will request the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to direct the local governments to assist the DA and the FDA in confiscating the products as well as apprehending the violators. – (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Aplikasyon para sa 2 brand ng COVID-19 self-test kits, pinoproseso na – FDA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 11, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Sinisimulan na ng Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ang pagproseso sa aplikasyon ng dalawang brand ng COVID-19 self-test kits.

Ayon kay FDA director general Oscar Guiterrez, sinusuri na ng ahensiya ang mga aplikasyon para sa paglalabas ng special certification

“Dalawa po ang ini-evaluate ng FDA sa ngayon. Na-endorse na po ito kahapon sa RITM para sa technical validation. Once matapos po ng RITM, pwede na po mabigyan ng FDA ng special certification,” ani Gutierrez.

Habang wala pang aprubadong COVID-19 home test kits sa bansa, nagpaalala ang Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sa publiko na mag-ingat sa mga ibinibentang COVID-19 home test kits online.

Ayon kay DTI Assistant Secretary Ann Claire Cabochan, hindi dapat tangkilikin ang mga ‘di rehistradong self-administered tesing kits dahil hindi tiyak kung ligtas itong gamitin o kung dumaan sa pagsusuri ng mga eksperto.

“Doon sa mga self-test kits na alam ko din na naging very in demand as of this time, of course, that has not been given the proper certification from the Food and Drug Administration to be sold here in the Philippines kaya hindi siya talaga dapat ibinebenta,” ani Cabochan.

Babala ng opisyal, maaaring maharap sa reklamo ang sinomang nagbebenta ng hindi rehistradong self-test kits sa bansa.

pwede nating habulin yung mga nagbebenta n’yan online for as long as this is not certified as legitimate to be sold in the Philippines,” ani Cabochan. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

PH FDA says application for certification of self-administered COVID test kits now open

Robie de Guzman   •   January 7, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has opened the applications for the certification of home test kits for COVID-19 amid the demand for testing due to the growing infection rate.

“I am calling po all the manufacturers and even the importers of self-administered COVID-19 test kits that — to register their product in a form of special certification,” Dr. Oscar Gutierrez Jr., FDA OIC director general, said during President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People on Thursday.

Gutierrez said they have already met with the Department of Health (DOH) for the issuance of the guidelines on the use of these self-administered kits and how people who use them can report the results.

 “We already met with the DOH and they will be coming out with an algorithm actually a guideline or policy on the use of these home test kits considering that these products need to be administered by the patient or the household themselves,” he said.

“Kailangan po natin ng guidelines on the use, reporting system, even disposal of the waste, interpretation of the test results, and what actions should the individual take when he finds out that he is positive,” he added.

Gutierrez said self-administered test kits will get samples from individuals orally or through the mouth, and nasally or through the nose.

All the antigen test kits currently approved by the FDA are only administered by laboratories and healthcare professionals.

The DOH earlier reiterated the proper use of antigen test kits at the right time for more accurate test results. The agency said antigen test is better used to check symptomatic persons for COVID-19 infection.

Domingo resigns as FDA chief

Maris Federez   •   January 3, 2022


MANILA, Philippines — Dr. Eric Domingo on Monday confirmed his resignation as director-general of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) effective January 3, 2022.

In a text message to reporters, Domingo said he is resigning as “he already did his part during the pandemic”.

“The FDA is now stronger, more efficient and systems are in place. It’s time for me to move on to other things,” he added.

The Department of Health (DOH), in a statement, also confirmed Domingo’s resignation, adding that FDA deputy director-general Dr. Oscar Guiterrez has been appointed as the department’s officer-in-charge, replacing Domingo.

“Yes. We confirm the resignation of FDA Director-General Eric Domingo. Dr. Oscar Gutierrez, Deputy Director-General, FDA, was assigned as OIC,” the statement read.

Domingo was first appointed as OIC of the FDA in May 2019.

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed him as director-general in February 2020. —/mbmf


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