Supermarkets told to pullout Kraft products-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Davao Region has ordered supermarkets and groceries in the region to pullout from their shelves banned Kraft Food Dressing and Dip products containing poppy seeds.
"The initial step we have taken was to release an advisory to the supermarkets and groceries within our area. Once they received the advisory it will be up to them to do a self check and inform us," said
FDA-Davao Region supervisor Deborah S. Legaspi, in a interview with Sun.Star Davao, said the advisory has already been sent to big supermarkets in the city.
Once inspection of these establishments is done, contaminated products are then sealed and inventoried. They are then returned to the importer, supplier or manufacturer. FDA will then conduct a random inspection in these supermarkets or groceries.
Lesaspi said there's no need to panic since the product may still be outside of the country.
"The advisory may be an early warning for consumers. There is still a possibility that the product is still outside the country. However, we should still be cautious since sometimes there is a backdoor entry of products," she explained.
The Department of Health-FDA and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) issued a joint advisory ordering all establishments "to immediately stop the importation, sale, trading, administration, dispensation, distribution, delivery, and transportation of poppy seeds and products containing poppy seeds."
The advisory is pursuant to Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The FDA has ordered the immediate recall of Kraft Food Dressing and Dip after it was found to contain a product it has long banned in the country.
Also, FDA said all consumers that are in possession of the concerned products are advised to stop using them and immediately surrender these items to the nearest PDEA national or any regional office or to FDA head office or in any regional health office.
FDA stressed that poppy seeds have been banned since 2011 and the same goes for products containing poppy seeds.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 21, 2013.