"From 2019 until the third quarter of 2021, the FDA-CFRR has handled 835 reports with majority from consumer complaints arising from product defects (e.g., presence of physical contaminant, sub-par physical appearance, etc.), followed by reports on potentially violative processed food products, and lastly by foodborne disease outbreaks as coordinated by the DOH — Epidemiology Bureau, Epidemiological and Surveillance Units (i.e., Regional, Provincial, City/Municipal).
All cases are handled without undue delay. The factors being checked when handling reports are the following:
a. Status of authorizations (e.g., License-to-Operate, Certificate of Product Registration, Advertisement and Promotions Permit, Export Certificates);
b. Risks involved;
c. Severity and magnitude of exposure to risks; and
d. Non-conformities to standards and regulations.
After evaluating gathered data and evidence, appropriate regulatory action shall be instigated, such as but not limited to sampling, monitoring, laboratory testing, inspection, and/or root cause analysis."
Excerpt from the article of the Food and Drug Administration - Center for Food Regulation and Research (FDA-CFRR) titled "Strengthening the Philippine Food Safety Regulatory System" in the 9th issue of the Food Safety Trends PH Magazine. Get a digital copy now by clicking on this link: https://fliphtml5.com/homepage/pclqq. Understand more about food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic when you get a copy of FSTM's latest issue!
For subscription and advertising inquiries, contact us at (+632) 8.470.2325 or send us an e-mail at food [email protected].
Since its establishment in 1995, Glenwood Technologies International, Inc. has been the leader in exclusive distribution of premium rapid diagnostics and hygiene monitoring kits from trusted manufacturers worldwide, providing quality and technologically advanced products to meet the emerging needs for food and feed safety, among others.