FDA warns of illegal cooking oil, sugar products

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Friday, April 11, 2014

THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday cautioned the public against purchasing cooking oil and sugar products that are illegally being sold in the market.

According to FDA Advisory 2014-027, it found 11 cooking oil and sugar products being repacked and illegally distributed by Authority Trading Corp. (ATC) in Valenzuela City.

“All consumers are advised not to purchase or use any product being repacked and distributed by Authority Trading Corp.,” said the FDA.

The products are Lucky Light Washed Sugar (¼kg.), Lucky Light Refined Sugar (¼ kg.), Luck Light Refined Sugar (½ kg.), Best Quality Puregold Equal Refined Sugar (¼ kg.), Best Quality Puregold Equal Refined Sugar (1 kg.), 5 Pinya Raw Sugar (¼ kg.), 5 Pinya Raw Sugar (½ kg.), Jumbo Savings Pure Cooking Oil (314 grams), ATC Lucky Light Cooking Oil, ATC Aflower Light Cooking Oil, and Daylee Pure Vegetable Cooking Oil.

“All distributors, traders, grocery stores and retailers are also hereby ordered to discontinue the selling, distribution, and offering for sale to the consumers of all aforementioned products,” said the FDA.

Also, the FDA said its Field Regulatory Officers and Regulatory Enforcement agents have already been ordered to confiscate and hold in custody the said products found in the market.

All local government units and law enforcement agencies were also requested to ensure that these products are not sold or offered for sale in their localities or area of jurisdiction.

The order stemmed from the findings of the FDA that the company does not have a valid License to Operate (LTO) as food re-packer and that all products do not have Certificate of Product Registration (CPR).

The FDA said such are violations of provisions of Republic Act 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009, and Republic Act 10611 or the Food Safety Act of 2013.

The FDA said the products were also found to violate Administrative Order 88-B s. 1984 or The Rules and Regulations Governing the Labeling of Prepackaged Food Products Distributed in the Philippines since they do not bear all mandatory information on the labels.

Also, the FDA noted that critical and major violations on good manufacturing practice in the repacking facility were noted during inspection.

“These indicate that there is no assurance that the products being repacked are of good quality,” said the FDA. (HDT/Sunnex)

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