THE Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines warns the public from using untested household and urban pesticides being sold in Divisoria and Quiapo, Manila.
In an advisory, No. 2016-047, the FDA says “these products have not been evaluated by the FDA to ensure their safety and efficacy. They are “harmful, toxic and may pose imminent danger to human and animal health.”
Furthermore, the FDA adds “the manufacture, importation, exportation, distribution, sale, offer for sale, transportation, promotion and/or advertisement of these products are in direct violation of Republic Act 9711 (FDA Act of 2009).
In the same advisory, the FDA lists the following products that the public should avoid:
1. JINMA BLACK MOSQUITO REPELLENT INCENSE SPIRALES ANTI-MOSQUITOES
Manufacturer: Jinjiang Kingcat Commodity Mosquito Co., Ltd. Country of Origin: China Local Distributor/Importer: Not Indicated Address: Not Indicated
Meanwhile, the EcoWaste Coalition, a pro-public health and environment group, urges the FDA to issue another advisory to reiterate and expand the list of banned household and urban pesticides. It also suggests to the FDA to conduct law enforcement operations in popular market hubs in coordination with the local health and police authorities.
Thony Dizon, the coalition’s coordinator for its Project Protect, notes that “smuggled made in China aerosol insect killers and adhesive traps are all over the streets of Quiapo and Divisoria.”
He adds the “consumers are lured into buying these contraband products because of their affordability, attractive packaging and claims of being non-toxic and safe.”
The aerosol insecticides, which are packaged in colorful and tall 750 ml. canisters, are sold from P75 to P80 each while the rat traps are sold from P20 to P40 each.
“Consumers should be cautious in patronizing these products,” Dizon points out.