FDA releases list of vinegar brands with synthetic acetic acid

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally released a list of vinegar brands that use synthetic acetic acid.

The FDA added that synthetic acetic acid does not pose any health risks, only that these brands do not pass government standards.

"The FDA would like to reiterate that the presence of synthetic acetic acid is not a safety issue and does not pose any health risk to consumers as this only means that the vinegar is of substandard quality. The presence of synthetic acetic acid merely represents that the vinegar did not undergo fermentation, either through a slow process, quick process, or submerged culture process which is used for commercial vinegar production," Health Undersecretary Rolando Domingo said in an FDA advisory.

The following are the brands that contain synthetic acetic acid:

- Surebuy Cane Vinegar (Best Before Date: March 26, 2021)

- Tentay Pinoy Style Vinegar (Best Before Date: March 18, 2021)

- Tentay Premium Vinegar (Batch/Lot NO. TV SEP0718AC)

- Tentay VInegar 'Sukang Tunay Asim' (Expiry Date: June 6, 2020)

- Chef's Flavor Vinegar (Expiry Date: April 1, 2021)

The FDA will conduct inspections in the manufacturing facilities of the above-mentioned companies. Regulatory actions will be imposed on those found to be non-compliant with FDA standards, rules and regulations.