NBI raids warehouse full of banned insect sprays, mosquito coils in Divisoria

Operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided a warehouse in Divisoria where banned insecticides that are made in China are being kept.

In an ABS-CBN News report by Zyann Ambrosio, the NBI Intellectual Property Rights Division swooped down on a warehouse in Divisoria after receiving reliable tips that several boxes of banned insect sprays and mosquito coils are stored there.

The alleged owner of the warehouse, a certain Willy Cheng, initially denied storing the banned products but after the NBI team led by Atty. Danielito Lalulis, who was armed with a search warrant, discovered the illegal insecticides, he admitted he sourced the products from China.

Early this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory urging the public not to purchase unregistered insecticides from China as they contain a chemical that is harmful to both humans and animals. The FDA said the insecticides contain cypermethrin; a type of pesticide that can k**l “target and non-target” insects and may cause c****r and damage to lungs and liver.

The safety of the banned products cannot be guaranteed as the products were not evaluated if it complied with FDA regulations to ensure efficacy and safety, the FDA advisory said.

Meanwhile, the Manila Health Department teamed up with EcoWaste coalition watch group in conducting a market inspection on Thursday, August 13, to check on reports that banned insect sprays are still being openly sold in several Divisoria malls and some retail stores along M.D. Santos and Sta. Elena streets.

The joint operation led to the confiscation of at least six boxes of the banned insecticides.

Manila Health Department head Clemente San Gabriel Jr. said the seized insect sprays were Baolillai, Big Bai Pie and Butiki Killers, which were all imported from China.