By Analou De Vera
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cautioned the public against the consumption of five unregistered food products that are present in the market.
In its Advisory No. 2019-014, the FDA named the unregistered products as Umesiso Furikake (Perilla Flavour Rice Seasoning), Tubutubucorn Furikake (Grain Corn Rice Seasoning), Daiso Select Chestnuts and Sweet Potato Mix; Daiso Select Sweet Potato, and Happy Pocket Coffee Scotch.
“FDA post-marketing surveillance activities have verified that the abovementioned food products have not gone through the registration process of the agency and have not been issued the proper authorization in the form of certificate of product registration,” the agency said.
The FDA said that the consumption of the said products may pose potential health hazards.
“Since unregistered food products have not gone through evaluation and testing process of the FDA, the agency cannot guarantee their quality and safety,” the agency said.
“In light of the foregoing, the public is advised not to purchase the aforementioned violative products,” it added.
The FDA warned concerned establishments not to distribute the said products until “they have already been covered by appropriate authorization, otherwise, regulatory actions and sanctions shall be strictly pursued.”
The agency also encouraged the public to always check if a food product is registered with the FDA by using the embedded Search feature of the agency’s website.