FDA warns against buying unregistered food products including Reno liver spread

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) — The Food and Drug Administration has issued an advisory warning the public against buying several unregistered food products and supplements in the market.

The following products are included in the FDA Advisories 2020-1618 and 2020-1622:

Reno brand liver spread

Miracle White advanced whitening capsules food supplement

Turcumin 100% natural & standardized turmeric curcumin

DESA spanish style bangus in corn oil

Samantha’s dips and sauce Spanish sardines paste sauce

KM Foods Tuna Chorizo,225g

KM Foods Tuna Bola-Bola, 250g

KM Foods Tuna, Shanghai Rolls

MEMER Food Dealer Hot & Spicy Pure Sukang Tuba, 375ml

PURE Organic By 3 BROTHERS Roasted Brown Rice Tea,100g

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo, who is currently FDA Officer-in-Charge, said that there is nothing to worry about as long as the brands mentioned comply with the rules, especially Reno liver spread, which has been in market even before the FDA was established.

“Mukhang never nag register kasi mas matanda pa sa atin at sa FDA yan. Don't be worried, kailangan lang sila mag register and prove na okay ang product nila,” he said.

[Translation: It looks like it hasn’t been registered because it’s older than us and the FDA. Don’t be worried. They just need to register and prove that their product is okay.]

FDA, which started to register processed food in 2009, used to be under the Department of Agriculture National Meat Inspection Service. Reno liver spread is also not registered under the DA-NMIS, according to Domingo.

The FDA said it verified through online monitoring or post marketing surveillance that there were no certificates of product registration issued for the aforementioned products, pursuant to Republic Act No. 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009.

“Since these unregistered food products and food supplements have not gone through evaluation process of the FDA, the agency cannot assure [their] quality and safety,” the advisory read.

The FDA warned establishments from distributing, advertising, or selling the food products and supplements until a registration certificate is issued accordingly.

Sanctions and regulatory actions will also be pursued by the FDA if these brands fail to comply, it said.

The FDA further advised the public to check if a product is registered with the agency through the search feature on its website.