THE EcoWaste Coalition, a public health and environment watchdog, on Saturday urged Philippine Food and Drug Administration to crack down on importers and stores selling cosmetics with fake FDA seal of of approval.
This developed after EcoWaste over the week discovered thrift shops in Divisoria, Manila selling three types of face powder makeups with fake FDA Seal of Approval on their packaging. The coalition, in a statement, expressed fears that these cosmetic products could pose health and safety hazards to its users.
“The FDA logo on the packaging gives the impression that the items have passed through the required cosmetic product notification scheme. Impulsive buyers would think these products are safe to use. It’s totally misleading as these products are marketed without authorization from the FDA,” said Thony Dizon, EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect coordinator.
“The deceitful use of the FDA logo should not sway consumers into buying these potentially harmful products,” Dizon reiterated.
Dizon identified the three face powder products that allegedly bore the fake FDA Seal of Approval as A&W Silky Pressed Powder, A&W Two-Way Cake and A&W Wet & Dry Application Powder. These items are being sold from P22 to P30 each. He added that other than the bogus FDA seal and a Made in China marking , the labels provided no information about their manufacturer, importer or distributor, as well as their ingredients.
Health authorities have time and again reminded consumers that “all cosmetic products that do not pass the FDA safety and quality evaluation do not comply with the requirements of the Code of Good Manufacturing Practice.”
Dizon noted that “the dozens of lipsticks and skin whitening creams that we have found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury have no FDA market authorization.”
FDA Memorandum Circular 2013-030 prohibits the “use of the FDA logo, the words “Food and Drug Administration” or “Philippine FDA,” the initials “FDA,” or any imitation of such words, initials or logo in print and other forms of broadcast media… in connection with any health product or merchandise… that convey that such use is approval, endorsement or authorization by the FDA.”
The EcoWaste Coalition has already alerted the FDA about the misuse of the agency’s logo in the said A&W products through an e-mail sent to the Center for Cosmetic Regulation and Research.