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.
Dissemination of the information to all concerned is requested