- The Food and Drug Administration has seized P4-million unregistered food and health products at Landers Superstore in Manila
- The seized products were either unregistered, unnotified (cosmetics), and/or misbranded or non-compliant with labeling standards
- The products include imported chocolates, candies, chips, beverages, shampoo, lotions, deodorants, soap, and cleansers
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seized P4-million unregistered food and health products at Landers Superstore in Manila.
In an official release, it was disclosed that the FDA agents on April 19 raided the Landers Superstore in Manila and were able to seize unregistered food and health products that the membership grocery store sells or offers for sale to their customers.
The products — which were either unregistered, un-notified (cosmetics), and/or misbranded or non-compliant with labeling standards — include food items worth P2,073,216; assorted drugs worth P124, 569; assorted cosmetics worth P1, 556,698; and medical devices worth P229, 969.
Ret. Police Gen. Allen Bantolo, chief of the FDA Regulatory Enforcement Unit, said his men — acting on intelligence report — first conducted surveillance at Landers in early March and conducted test-buys of the products that were then transmitted to the concerned FDA centers for product verification.
“We at the FDA are giving out warnings to all establishments, be they grocery or department stores, including drug stores and pharmaceutical firms, to refrain from selling or offering for sale imported but non-Philippine FDA registered food and health products,” Bantolo noted.
“These imported products may be registered abroad from legitimate companies. But as long as they are not registered with the FDA, these products are not allowed by our laws to be sold in the local market,” he added.
The seized products include imported chocolates, candies, chips, beverages, shampoo, lotions, deodorants, soap, cleansers, mosquito spray, air deodorant, toilet deodorant, air diffuser, and starch spray.
All the confiscated products were brought to the FDA office in Alabang, Muntinlupa City for proper disposition.
Bantolo said the operation was a result of the filing of an administrative case against the general manager/president of Landers Superstore, which had been directed to stop selling and offering for sale products covered by the legal order.
“The FDA had also directed the general manager/president of Landers Superstore to file its Answer within 10 days from receipt of the SPMO,” he said.