By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
The reports stating that some canned goods from Thailand are contaminated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are nothing but fake news, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Friday assured.
According to the FDA Advisory No 2018-29, the FDA made clarifications on the circulating online reports and text messages that there are Thailand-sourced canned goods being contaminated by HIV.
“The Philippine Food and Drug Administration would like to inform the public to be wary of the following circulating unverified, misleading, and false information online and text messages concerning canned food products from Thailand allegedly not safe for consumption due to contamination with HIV,” its stated.
The public was told not to share the “fake news” with their families and friends as such could only result to panic and hysteria.
“The public is hereby directed to prevent sharing of unverified,, misleading and false information to avoid undue panic and hysteria,” the FDA noted.
In the text message, it claimed that some 200 people with HIV have been instructed by their leader to contaminate a canned food factory in Thailand with their blood.
The incident, the text message claimed, has been confirmed by the government and has advised the public not to eat canned foods from Thailand. In addition, the Thai government had supposedly ordered the removal from the shelves canned foods such as longgan, lychee, rambutan, and mango pudding.
But according to the FDA, the Thai Department of Agriculture has informed them that the aforementioned message is misleading.
“There is no credible evidences to support such accusation,” the FDA stressed.