Remove alcohol, sanitizers that look like bottled water from market: FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) order the removal from the market of what is considered misbranded rubbing alcohol contained in packaging and containers such as containers of bottled water, drinks, beverages, and liquor, which is a fraud and can cause serious injury or death to the consumer.

In their advisory, it instructed all manufacturers, traders, distributors, and other concerned stakeholders not to mislead their rubbing alcohol product.


Pursuant to the issued FDA Memorandum Circular No. 2020-001 “Interim Guidelines for the Issuance of Provisional License to Operate (LTO) and Certificate of Product Notification (CPN) for Manufacturers of Rubbing Alcohol Products Under the Center for Cosmetics Regulation and Research” on March 19, 2020, the guidelines as a response to the declaration of community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic were amended.

As part of postmarketing surveillance, the FDA has received reports that some rubbing alcohol products and alcohol-based sanitizers are packaged or containers such as those used for bottled drinking water, beverages, and bottled alcohol for beverages.

This practice brings confusion to the consuming public and can put at risk of serious injury or death if the product is accidentally ingested.


Remove alcohol, sanitizers that look like bottled water from market: FDA

The FDA warned manufacturers, traders, and distributors, and ordered them to recall their misbranded products.

Retailers were also encouraged to remove such misbranded products from their store shelves and online platforms.

There are penalties for not responding to the issued advisory.


The public is also encouraged to report to the FDA if they see anything like it on the market.

Meanwhile, FDA said Tuesday that mandatory is “a very difficult proposition.”

“This is really personal autonomy, to have someone being a healthy person being injected with something. ‘Pag nagbigay ako ng EUA ( authority) required na kailangan merong consent ng patient na magpabakuna,” FDA director general Eric told ANC’s Headstart.

“May side effects pa ‘yan natin na hindi pa alam. Medyo tricky na ‘yung making vaccination compulsory, making a vaccine under EUA compulsory, that’s even a little more complicated for me. That’s a very difficult proposition.”

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