The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Central Luzon, NBI NCR, and NBI Bulacan District Office seized counterfeit products worth P300 million in a recent raid on nine (9) establishments in Bulacan.
According to the NBI, a multinational company made a complaint about the dangerous manufacturing process and the illegal copying of their products, which are sold in Northern and Southern Luzon. The said counterfeited products include bath soap, detergent soap, shampoo, dishwashing soap, etc.
The establishments involved stated that they simply bought the products, unaware that they were fake, as the manufacturer offered them the products per kilo and in deformed and damaged packaging. They will face charges of violation under Republic Act 9711, the FDA Act of 2009, and Republic Act 8293, otherwise known as the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.
The FDA advises and warns the public regarding counterfeit products. “Doon pa lang sa label ng produkto, hanapin po nila ang LTO na tinatawag, ‘yong License to Operate, or kung meron man pong Certificate of Product Notification o Registration” said Gomel Gabuna, the North Luzon Cluster Director of the FDA.
(On the product label, they should look for the LTO or the License to Operate, or if the product has a Certificate of Product Notification or Registration.”
He also added, “Directive po ng aming new Director General Samuel Zacate na paigtingin ang information drive para ma-inform ang ating mga kababayan sa programa ng FDA.”
(It is the directive of our new Director General Samuel Zacate to intensify the information drive to inform our countrymen about the FDA program.)
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