Published: Wednesday 25 April, 2018

FDA Raids Landers Superstore Manila, Confiscates Products Worth P4 Million!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted a surprise raid on Landers Superstore in Manila and confiscated P4 million worth of products. In a circular, the FDA said the confiscated products – food and health essentials, were either unregistered for sale locally, misbranded or in violation of labeling standards.

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Landers Superstore raided for unregistered food and health products. (Philstar photo)

According to the FDA, the products seized may have been registered in their country of origin but, to be legally sold in the Philippines, the products must first be registered with the the FDA in the Philippines. 

“These imported products may be registered abroad from legitimate companies. But as long as they are not registered with the FDA, these products are not allowed by our laws to be sold in the local market,” said Allen Bantolo, chief of the FDA Regulatory Enforcement Unit, who added that sale of the products were in violation of Republic Act No. 9711, or the FDA Act of 2009.

Though the FDA didn’t identify the exact brands of the products confiscated during the raid, it said that these include popular food products such as chocolates, candies, beverages and chips, as well as toiletries such as shampoos, deodorants, soaps, lotions and cleansers. Also confiscated were mosquito sprays, air deodorants, toilet deodorants, air diffusers and starch sprays.

The raid was conducted after weeks of surveillance and test-buys, added the FDA, with agents and police officers combining to serve the summons at Landers Superstore in Paco, Manila.

All confiscated items were brought to the FDA main office in Alabang for tests and, eventually, disposal.

Landers Superstore