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FDA Advisory No. 2013-027

CONSUMER TIPS ON BUYING CANNED GOODS IN GROCERIES AND SUPERMARKETS

Hermetically sealed package in food is used to describe the food preservation of tightly sealed finished products using vacuum packing and canning. It includes processed food products in aluminum cans and metal foils. These types of container are used to maintain the integrity of the food inside by sealing off the flow of air that may react with the food inside. Such anaerobic condition does not favor the growth of most microorganisms that cause spoilage of food.

Food intoxication and food spoilage from eating canned foods are almost entirely due to the action of bacteria that have gained entrance inside or remained viable inside after an improper sterilization process despite the anaernbic condition.

It is possible for consumers to detect food spoilage which can lead to food intoxication by closely observing the integrity of the can. Never buy canned goods with dents, especially if found in the seams of the can. Bulging ends may mean that there are leaks in the can or bacteria have colonized inside and produce gases as by-product. Dent or damage canned goods can produce pinhole-size openings which may not be obvious to the consumers. A single pinhole-size opening allows bacteria to enter, grow and spoil the food inside and may produce toxins. A dirty label is an indicator of possible leak of food contents. Rust in canned good is another indicator of improper storage and handling of food products which may affect the integrity of sealed products. These are all strong indications of food spoilage which can cause food intoxication or food-borne diarrhea.

All consumers are advised to be more vigilant by closely examining the canned food products for signs of food spoilage before buying them. Moreover, consumers are enjoined to read the labels. including those that are on sale or offered with discounts.

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FDA Advisory No. 2013-026

ARTHRITE PLUS AS FOOD SUPPLEMENT AND ARTHRITE SGC as TRADITIONAL HERBAL PRODUCT

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received queries from the public, if ARTHRITE SGC, which has been lately advertised in several newspapers of general circulation, is the same with ARTHRITE PLUS.

ARTHRITE PLUS of Northfield Laboratories Inc.-Malolos, Bulacan, is a Food supplement with Registration No. FR-72400. Its main ingredients are Glucosamine Hydrochloride and Chondroitin Sulfate. As a food supplement, it carries a label "NO APPROVED TIIERAPEUTIC CLAIMS", and as such, it cannot be advertised as having some therapeutic values.

On the other hand, ARTHRITE SGC 150 mg capsule of Rotex Pharma Philippines, lnc. Makati, is registered as Traditionally Used Herbal Product with Registration No. THPR-18. The ingredients of this product are different herb formulations, and based on traditional or folkloric evidence is approved for addressing joint pains.

As a Traditional Herbal Product, it is classified as an Over the Counter (OTC) preparation, and this could be advertised as long as the claim/s are those contained only in the
approved label or packaging registered \Vith the FDA.

Brand name approval of these products is in accordance with A.O. No. 2005-0016 dated 21 June 2005, "General Policies & Guidelines Governing Brand Names of Products for Registration with the Bureau of Food and Drugs (now FDA), paragraph V, section 2 thereof, which as a general rule enumerates the brand names that cannot be allowed registration with the BFAD (now FDA), thus:

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FDA Advisory No. 2013-020

CONSUMERS ADVISED TO READ FOOD/DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PRODUCT LABELS AND TO USE THE FDA WEBSITE (http://www.fda.gov.ph) TO VALIDATE INFORMATION AND HEALTH CLAIMS

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seriously concerned over the massive advertisement, promotion and marketing of food/dietary supplements (F/DS) which may have often misled some consumers to buy them as drugs or medicines. Food/dietary supplements (F/DS) are processed food in the form of capsules, tablets, liquid, gels, powders or pills and are intended to increase the total daily food energy or nutrient intake. However, F/D are often advertised, promoted and marketed as agents that can cure or treat people who are suffering from cancer, meningitis, diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and hypercholesterolemia, among other various diseases and disorders. FDA strongly advises the public that food/dietary supplements are merely adjunct nutritional substance to support food intake and are NOT meant to replace prescribed drugs and medicines especially those that are supposed to be taken as maintenance medicine (e.g. for hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, cancer, etc). If you intend to take food/dietary supplements, please inform your physician. 

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FDA Advisory No. 2013-022

WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE (WPC80) PRODUCED BY FONTERRA IN NEW ZEALAND CONTAMINATED WITH CLOSTRIDIUM BOTULINUM ARE NOT IN BRANDS OF DAIRY PRODUCT AND INFANT FORMULA IN THE PHILIPPINES.


The FDA assures the public that it has coordinated with the local importer and distributor of Fonterra Brands (Phils.) Inc. regarding the three batches of whey protein concentrate (WPC80) produced at a single Fonterra manufacturing site in New Zealand and were found positive for the presence of Clostridium botulinum last July 31, 2013. The following Fonterra branded consumer products in the Philippines, namely Anchor, Anlene, Anmum, Mainland, and Perfect Italiano, do not contain the batches of WPC80. Other Fonterra brands, across all markets in the world, include the following: Allowrie, Anchor, Anlene, Anmum, Bates, Bega, Boneeto, Bonlac, Boy & Cow, Calci-Yum, Chesdale, Country Goodness, Country Soft, Crofters, Dairy Dale, De Winkel, Diploma, Dos Alamos, Doyarushka, Duck River, Eon, Falcon, Farmland, Fern, Ferndale, Fernleaf, Filthy Rich, Fresh 'n Fruity, Galaxy, Girgar, IceBar, Kapiti, Koes, Mainland, Mammoth Supply Co, Memphis Meltdown, Mountain Maid, Munchables,
Next, Perfect Italiano, Philadelphia, Piako, Primo, Ratthi, Red Cow, Riverina Fresh, Ski, Slimmers Choice, Soleil, Soprole, Sunny South, Symbio Probalance, Tastee, Tip Top, ULA, Valumetric, Western Star, and Zing.

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FDA Advisory No. 2013-015

Secondary Exposure to E-cigarette Emission Might be Harmful to Health

Electronic cigarettes are not emission-free.  E-cigarettes contain volatile organic substances, including propylene glycol, flavors and nicotine, and are emitted as mist or aerosol into indoor air.  Study showed that these ultrafine liquid particles of less than 2.5 micrometer in diameter may penetrate deeply into the lungs.  Study further showed that these e-cigarettes produce substantially fewer ultrafine particles than conventional cigarettes, however, the substances emitted by e-cigarettes may be inhaled by non-users when used indoor.  Second-hand exposure to e-cigarette emission which may lead to adverse health effects cannot be excluded.

To date, few studies have been conducted on the substances in the mist of e-cigarettes.  In a publication this year on Electronic Cigarettes - An Overview by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) Unit Cancer Prevention, Heidelberg, and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Tobacco Control1, the findings revealed the following about the emissions of e-cigarette: a) besides glycol (the main ingredient), nicotine, flavors, tobacco-specific nitrosamines, volatile organic compounds, acetone, form aldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzo(a)pyrene as well as silicate and various metal particles are present, and b) the particle size is between 100 and 600 nanometers, which is comparable to the particle size found in tobacco smoke of conventional cigarettes.  The levels of most harmful substances are lower in the e-cigarettes than in conventional cigarette smoke, but they do accumulate in indoor air.

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