FDA heightens monitoring of unregistered food products

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    MORE unregistered food products are expected to be flagged by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is intensifying its efforts to monitor food products being sold in the market.

    “The Center for Food has been working very efficiently and has no backlogs with food registration. Our enforcement unit is really keen now in checking to make sure that all the brands or products out there are registered with FDA,” FDA Director General Enrique Domingo in a virtual press briefing on Friday.

    “We are very serious now. We’re really looking at products that are unregistered,” he added.

    He said the agency is also focusing on the registration status of processed food products, a mandate transferred by the Department of Agriculture to the FDA in 2017.

    Last September, the FDA flagged the popular Reno Liver Spread for being an unregistered product. Subsequently, manufacturers of Reno were able to secure a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR).

    Last month, SM Bonus’ Brown Sugar and Refined Sugar were also tagged by the FDA as being unregistered products.