Wednesday, May 3, 2017

DTI Surigao Norte warns public on unregistered food products, food supplements

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 3 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte provincial office has warned the public on the purchase and consumption of unregistered food products and food supplement.

DTI provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan said the directive is in connection with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Advisory No. 2017-110 issued on March 29, 2017 that warned the public on the purchase and consumption of the following products and food supplement: Unregistered Healthy Brain Pills; Unregistered Novo Puree Pure Bottled Water; and Unregistered Holista Calcium Citrate.

According to Negapatan, the FDA post marketing surveillance activities have verified that the abovementioned food supplement have not gone through the registration process of the agency and have not been issued the proper authorization in the form of Certificate of Product Registration pursuant to Republic Act No. 9711 otherwise known as the “Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009.”

Negapatan said that under the said act, manufacture, importation, exportation, sale and, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising or sponsorship of health products without the proper authorization from FDA is prohibited.

He said, since unregistered food products and food supplement have not gone through evaluation and testing process of the FDA, the agency cannot guarantee their quality and safety. The consumption of such unregistered products may pose potential health hazards to the consuming public.

Food products including food supplements should not bear any misleading, deceptive, and false claims in their labels and or any promotional materials that will provide erroneous impression on products’ character or identity.

Negapatan said the FDA and DTI warned all concerned establishments against distribution of the above identified unregistered food products and food supplements until they have already been covered by the appropriate authorization or product registration.

He then advised the public to report continuous sale or distribution of the said food products and food supplement to FDA reporting facility: online at www.fda.gov.ph/ereport, email via report@dfa.gov.ph or call the Center for Food Regulation and Research hotline number (02) 857-1991 to 93 or just visit the DTI Provincial Office located at the 2nd Floor, Simtoco Business Center, Burgos Street, Surigao City or call at telephone numbers (086) 826-6129/826-2373. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)