FDA Advisory No. 2018-027
Public Health Warning Against the Use of Counterfeit Cosmetic Products (Batch 2)
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hereby advises the public against the purchase and use of LS BL SOAP PEARL BARLEY MILK + COLLAGEN 115G whose particulars/details are provided below:
FDA, in coordination with the Market Authorization Holder (MAH), ManXing Enterprises Corporation, has verified that the aforementioned cosmetic product is a COUNTERFEIT. According to the MAH, the packaging material seen in Figure 1 with complete name of the company is the authentic product and the color of the soap is lighter than the counterfeit. Below is the comparison of the authentic vs. the counterfeit product.
Counterfeit products, not having gone through the required safety assessment and the verification process of the FDA, pose potential health hazards to the consuming public since their safety and purity cannot be guaranteed. The dangers/hazards may come from ingredients that are not allowed to be part of a cosmetic product or from the contamination of heavy metals such as lead and mercury. The use of substandard and possibly adulterated cosmetic products may result to adverse reactions including but not limited to skin irritation, itchiness, anaphylactic shock and organ failure.
In light of the above, the public is advised to be vigilant against buying and using the aforementioned counterfeit cosmetic product. Moreover, the public is also advised to be vigilant against cosmetic products that might not be duly notified with FDA. Always check if a cosmetic product has been notified with FDA before purchasing it by making use of the embedded Search feature of the FDA website accessible at www.fda.gov.ph.
All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute the above-identified violative cosmetic product, otherwise, regulatory actions and sanctions shall be strictly pursued.
All Local Government Units (LGUs) and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are requested to ensure that the product is not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction.
Dissemination of the information to all concerned is requested