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PIA Press Release
2007/09/28

DTI finds no harmful China products in Southern Leyte stores

By Erna Sy Gorne

Southern Leyte (28 September) -- Immediately after the alarm on the sale of White Rabbit Creamy Candy, among other harmful China products nationwide, the local provincial trade and industry office here in close coordination with the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) visited the local market and found nothing to worry, so far, this was learned from DTI Provincial Director Michael Nuņez from an interview with PIA Maasin today.

This is in line with the instructions of Trade and Industry Secretary Peter B. Favila for the provincial directors to coordinate with the local Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) and the local government units to check if the local stores are following the BFAD ban on the distribution and sale of four Chinese food products which includes candies and biscuits.

BFAD has banned the distribution and sale of White Rabbit Creamy Candy, Milk Candy, Balron Grape Biscuits and Yong Kang Foods grapes Biscuits.

According to PD Nuņez, together with the local BFAD counterpart, the team immediately set their monitoring on the mentioned food products in the local market especially that there are already three big Chinese stores established in the city.

He further reported that their office has not received any complaints from the consuming public on the mentioned harmful Chinese products, so far. However, he further disclosed that all complaints relative on these products will be attended by the BFAD in the locality.

Under the Consumer Act, violators can be charged under liability for quality product imperfection or under unconscionable sale of harmful products with fines ranging up to Php 250,000.00.

That BFAD ordered the mentioned Chinese food products pulled out of the market after test results showed that items were laced with formalin, a chemical that is carcinogenic. (PIA Southern Leyte) [top]

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