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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Philippines-FDA Warns Against Unregistered Food Supplement

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised consumers to stop using an unregistered food supplements being sold online and by street vendors. FDA identified the product of Sehat Badan, which has no English translation on the label in violation of rules. A consumer alerted the FDA about the product and field regulatory officers conducted price monitoring and collected samples. According to the FDA, the product's label has no English translation in violation of Administrative Order 88-B issued in 1984 which requires "that in case of imported food products wherein the label information are declared in foreign language, the label must also carry the corresponding English translation, otherwise such products shall not be permitted for local distribution." The agency said that Sehat Badan is advertised online as a herbal drink that "promotes and enhance general well-being and treat various disease" such as asthma, urinary stones, allergy, impotence, rheumatism, toothache and ulcer. FDA directed all it's regulation officers to confiscate all unregistered food supplements, particularly Sehat Badan found in market or in possession of individuals.     
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