CAGAYAN de Oro City––The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a crackdown of illegal food supplements in the local market here, Jun Galban, the spokesperson of the Department of Health said on Tuesday.
Galban said that the FDA received complaints that some of these food supplements were being sold in the city and the nearby province of Misamis Oriental.
One of these food supplements is “Sehat Badan,” a coffee in sachet with a foreign letter printed on it. The “Sehat Badan” coffee has no FDA approval, Galban said.
He said that the FDA has not issued a certificate of product registration and license to operate to “Sehat Badan” making its circulation in Misamis Oriental and elsewhere illegal.
According to the FDA, that the “rules and regulation” on labelling of food products in foreign languages that are distributed in the Philippines should have a corresponding English translation otherwise the product would not be permitted for local distribution.
The “Sehat Badan” is reportedly circulating only in Cagayan de Oro City’s public market stores and outlets. The sellers claimed the coffee could cure diabetes, high blood, and other illness, Galban added.
The FDA also noted that there are dozens of food supplements, such as “whitening” products, sold in capsules without approval from the government’s Department of Health (DOH), he said.
Sellers and outlets of these products like ‘Sehat Badan” claimed that the product has been in the market of years and until the FDA issued the crackdown, the sellers have not received a complaint from patrons.
The owners and sales persons of a store in the city’s downtown district also claimed that “Sehat Badan” is the top seller among food supplements that reportedly cure diabetes, high blood pressure, and other illnesses. CD with ERCEL .MAANDIG