Food Advisories

FDA Advisory No. 2018-325 || Public Health Warning on the sale/consumption of alcoholic beverage, Lambanog, that are not registered with the Food and Drug Administration

FDA Advisory No. 2018-325

Public Health Warning on the sale/consumption of alcoholic beverage, Lambanog, that are not registered with the Food and Drug Administration

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received information that multiple deaths have occurred purportedly resulting fro the consumption of the alcoholic beverage, Lambanog

The FDA, in coordination with the Department of Health - Epidemiology Bureau and the concerned local government units, immediately secured samples of these product verification and laboratory analysis, and have confirmed that they are NOT registered, and contain high levels of the substance "Methanol".

Products that are not registered with the FDA pose potential health hazards to the consuming public since they have not gone through the agency's evaluation and testing. Thus, the FDA cannot guarantee their quality and safety.

Ingestion of products with high amounts of Methanol poses adverse effects like blindness and permanent neurologic dysfunction, among others, and may even lead to death.

The public is advised to exercise extreme caution in purchasing/consuming the alcohol beverage, Lambanog, and is advised to only purchase/consume those which are registered with thw FDA.

Retail outlets, and other dealers of alcoholic beverages, are warned against the sale of unregistered products, under the pain of being prosecuted for violation of the FDA Act of 2009 the Food Safety Act of 2013, and other relevant laws, rules and regulation.

All Local Government Units (LGUs) and Law Enforcement Agency (LEAs) are requested to ensure that these products are not sold or made available in their localities or ares of jurisdiction.

For more information and inquiries please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at FDA Action Center hotline (02) 821-1162, or the Center for Food Regulation & Research at (02) 857-1900. To report the sale or distribution of the alcoholic product, Lambanog, that are not registered with the FDA, Kindly email us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dissemination of the information to all concerned is requested

 

 

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