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FDA warns of ‘health risks’ vs. 12 unregistered food supplements

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 10/9/2019 Sollorano, Vic

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned the public against buying and consuming 12 unregistered food supplements.

The food supplements “may pose health risks to consumers,” the FDA noted but did not elaborate, other than saying that it has ordered its regional offices and enforcement units to make sure the products will not be sold in the market.

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In three separate advisories, FDA Philippines said that these supplements were not authorized by the government and were not backed by certificates of product registration:

  • NOW® Phosphatidyl Serine 100mg Cognitive Health with Gingko Biloba Extract Dietary Supplement Softgels (50 Softgels x bottle)
  • LIFEEXTENTION® Rhodiola Extract3% Rosavins 250mg Dietary Supplement Capsules (60 vegetarian capsules x bottle)
  • DIARA PITO-PITO Herbal Food Supplement100% Pure Herbal Liquid (375ml per Bottle)
  • TEATOX LIFE 100% All Natural Kidney and Bladder Cleanse Tea Loose Leaf Herbal Blend
  • TEATOX LIFE 100% All Natural Milk Thistle Powder for Liver Cleanse and Detox Herbal Supplement
  • SUCCESS 200 Herbal Food Supplement Serpentina Andrographis Paniculata Capsules
  • SUCCESS 200 Guyabano Fruit Extracts,60 Capsules
  • PREVAILMAX™ Cellular Homeostasis Formula
  • FUCOIDAN (Prevent Cancer, Anti-Tumor, Anti-Inflammatory Booster)
  • SOZO KETO BOOST BHB Ketones Advanced Weight Loss Dietary Supplement 60 capsules (100mg)
  • HM Long Jack Tongkat Ali 60 capsules (500mg)
  • GLUTA PRIMME Authentic Dietary Supplement Product (30 capsules)
a close up of a bottle: FDA Philippines advisory on food supplements. FDA © FDA Philippines FDA Philippines advisory on food supplements. FDA

“Since these unregistered food supplements have not gone through evaluation process of the FDA, the agency cannot assure their quality and safety. The use of such violative products may pose health risks to consumers," the FDA said as it reminded the public to always check if the products they consume are FDA-registered.

It also warned all concerned establishments not to distribute the 12 products until the appropriate authorizations have been issued.

FDA ordered its regional offices and regulatory enforcement units to ensure that these food supplements will not be sold in the market. —Dona Magsino/VDS, GMA News

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