Sunday, June 26, 2016

FDA warns public on using unregistered products

LEGAZPI CITY, June 24 (PNA) -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bicol has warned the public against the use of a product labelled as "Guyabano Juice" with unapproved health claims.

In the advisory emailed to the Philippines News Agency Friday, the FDA explained that the product claims that it has a natural cancer cell killer, 10,000 times stronger than drug used in chemotherapy.

Further, it said, this product claims to have health benefits, which are not duly approved by FDA.

The product's label claimed that the guyabano has cancer-curing abilities; lowers high blood pressure; keeps bones healthy; is rich in vitamin C, B1, B and potassium; boost good cholesterol level; and prevents anemia, migraine, urinary tract infection, leg cramps and pregnancy complications.

The product is not registered with the FDA, including all aforementioned claims.

Taking food and or food supplements that have not undergone evaluation and testing in terms of safety and quality may present harmful effects to one's health, the FDA said.

The food products that are not registered with the FDA should not contain any misleading, deceptive, and false claims in their labels that will provide erroneous impression on products' character, the agency said.

The FDA is exercising it mandate to continue informing the public about the unauthorized selling of the product.

For more information and inquiries, the agency advises the public to send an email to info@fda.gov.ph to report any distribution of unregistered health products or call the telephone numbers 857-1991 to 93. (PNA) LAP/FGS/CBD