TimTams, Piaya, Vitamin C + More Surprising Items in FDA Advisories

We take a look at what those FDA advisories really mean.

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(SPOT.ph) The FDA is shaking things up once again. The Food and Drug Administration regularly issues public advisories—as seen through their Facebook page—warning folks not to buy, use, consume, or even look at (we're kidding) certain products that have not gone through the regulatory body's processes. We know you remember the collective confusion everyone went through when the decades-old Reno Liver Spread was put on the no-no list in September 2020. Well, a few more familiar brands have popped up recently on the advisories! If you're worried about what that means for your fave snacks and go-to items, we lay it down for you below.

Also read: FDA Warns Against Buying and Eating Bongbong's Piaya

The  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of checking out products—cosmetics, medicines, and food—and making sure they are properly registered. For food items such as Reno, registering with the FDA is the public's guarantee that the product has complied with safety requirements, according to Reportr. As their advisories typically state, without the proper registration "the Agency cannot guarantee their quality and safety."

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You'll see the expected strange liniments, beauty items, and knock-off brands on their advisories. Once in a while though, some more or less trusted products can be spotted—usually fixed by registering ASAP. And since it doesn't seem feasible for the FDA to pull every unregistered product off store shelves—note that the papers expire, the question here is of course whether you're willing to risk it (or, really, whose standards you're betting on). Plus, you can always check through the FDA verification portal for the list of registered products. 

Just some unexpected items that have popped up on FDA advisories:

Bongbong's Piaya

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Oh yes, the humble piaya of Negros Occidental. The delicacy, specifically Bongbong's piaya, was called out by the FDA on July 15. Fingers crossed they just forgot to register their product and we get to enjoy the toasty treat again soon!

The Ordinary

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There is the added factor of sellers who aren't exactly affiliated with the product's brands themselves (read: online shops), as seems to be the case here! We suppose the FDA's role here is ensuring the products are genuine.

McCormick Chili Con Carne Seasoning Mix

We're willing to bet there's a packet of this lying around in your pantry. Will this FDA advisory be enough to stop us from making a tasty taco filling? Well, we'd rather not comment!

Kirkland Signature Vitamin C

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Best tell your family Viber chats! This advisory, posted on July 13, definitely came as a shock—especially since this bottle is available in most supermarkets (and one is probably sitting on your kitchen table now). 

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On a bottle of Kirkland Signature Vitamin C.
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As it turns out, the U.S.-brand supplements distributed by discount store giant Costco does not seem to have passed through the U.S. FDA either. Their bottles carry a disclaimer: "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration." The supplements, however, have been verified by the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, a.k.a. USP.

Arnott's TimTam

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This classic pasalubong from Australia was put in an advisory posted on June 2. And it seems the store definitely took notice and fixed their papers because the FDA issued a lifting of the advisory on July 7! BRB, we need a chocolate biscuit right about now.

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