FDA issues public warning against cosmetic product sold online
In an advisory, the FDA said it is warning the public from purchasing and using the unauthorized POUF! Everyday Cologne Spray because post-marketing surveillance shows the product has no valid Certificate of Product Notification. “Potential hazards may come from ingredients that are not allowed to be part of a cosmetic product or from the contamination of heavy metals. The use of substandard and possibly adulterated cosmetic products may result in adverse reactions including, but not limited to, skin irritation, itchiness, anaphylactic shock, and organ failure,” the FDA said in its Advisory No. 2020-2188. FDA Director General Eric Domingo earlier said those who sell cosmetic products without government license and registration could be criminally charged for violation of Republic Act 9711, or the FDA Act of 2009.
The product and the company are included in the list of brands being complained by consumer group Action for Consumerism and Transparency in Nation Building (Action), which said that cosmetic products are being peddled online without bothering to get licenses from the FDA.