Tue, 18 Jun 2019

MANILA, Dec. 12 (PIA) - The Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines (FDA) is reminding the public to buy only alcoholic beverage, such as Lambanog, registered with the FDA.

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Recently, the FDA has issued Advisory No. 2018-325 or "Public Health Warning on the sale/consumption of alcoholic beverage, Lambanog that are not registered with the Food and Drug Administration."

This after the FDA received information that multiple deaths have occurred purportedly resulting from the consumption of the alcoholic beverage, Lambanog.

The FDA, in coordination with the Department of Health - Epidemiology Bureau and the concerned local government units, immediately secured samples of these product verification and laboratory analysis, and have confirmed that they are not registered, and contain high levels of the substance "Methanol."

According to the FDA, products that are not registered with them pose potential health hazards to the consuming public since the products have not gone through the agency's evaluation and testing. Thus, the FDA cannot guarantee their quality and safety.

"Ingestion of products with high amounts of Methanol poses adverse effects like blindness and permanent neurologic dysfunction, among others, and may even lead to death," the advisory states.

The public is advised to exercise extreme caution in purchasing/consuming Lambanog and are also advised to purchase/consume only those registered with the FDA.

Likewise, retail outlets and other dealers of alcoholic beverages are warned against the sale of unregistered products, under the pain of being prosecuted for violation of the FDA Act of 2009 the Food Safety Act of 2013, and other relevant laws, rules and regulation.

All local government units and law enforcement agencies are also requested to ensure that these products are not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction.

The FDA, through its inspectors at the Regional Field Offices (RFO) and agents of its Regulatory Enforcement Unit (REU), in coordination with the Philippine National Police, is continuously monitoring the sale of the unregistered alcoholic beverage, Lambanog, and will not hesitate to confiscate these products being openly sold to the public, to prevent further loss of life to unsuspecting consumers.

FDA is also monitoring other Lambanog products in the market as part of its heightened Post Marketing Surveillance (PMS), which are being immediately subjected to product registration verification, and qualitative and quantitative analysis by its Common Services Laboratory (CSL), to prevent further injury and loss of life.

The public is encouraged to report the sale or distribution of Lambanog which are not registered with the FDA via email at report@fda.gov.ph. (PIA-NCR)

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