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FDA finds several imported cosmetic products unsafe

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Department of Health (DoH) Caraga region on Saturday warned the public against unsafe and dangerous cosmetic products proliferating the market.

Under FDA Circular No. 2010-015, the agency said: "declaring the identified products to be imminently injurious, unsafe or dangerous and authorizing the FDA inspectors to seize said products from the public sale or distribution".

In a press conference, Food and Drug regulation officer Perla Alvizo said the FDA has found through laboratory examination that the samples of several cosmetic products that were collected on separate occasions at various establishments/outlets were unsafe and dangerous.

The dangerous products include St. Dalfour Beauty Whitening Cream made from Tokyo, Japan; Beauty Girl Papaya & Hawthorn Essence made from Yudantang International, Taiwan; Beauty Girl Ginseng & Green Cucumber made from Yudantang International, Taiwan; Beauty Girl Essence Aloe Pearl made from Yudantang International, Taiwan; and Beauty Girl Olive & Sheep Essence also made from Yudantang International, Taiwan.

"These cosmetic products therefore pose imminent danger or injury to the consuming public and the importation, selling or offering for sale of such is in direct violation of Republic Act No. 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009," said Alvizo.

Alvizo also said that in the interest of protecting public health and safety and pursuant to Section 12 of Republic Act No. 9711, the Food and Drug Regulation Officers (both from FDA central office and the regions) were ordered to seize immediately the identified cosmetic products for custody from all outlets or establishments where they may be found.

The assistance of all local government units and consumers are sought in reporting all outlets found selling the said products.

The DoH asked media outlets for dissemination and information of the FDA Circular No. 2010-015 of the danger of the products. (PNA)



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