The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered the recall of a brand of lollipops that has been using condom foil packs as wrappers.
When inspected, the logo of Durex, a brand of condom, will become evident in the thin red and blue wrappers of the Dipzy Corn Pop Lollipop brand, according to a Wednesday report by Cedric Castillo on 24 Oras.
"Kitang-kita kasi siya, no? Talagang pag tinignan mo siya mapapansin mo bakit parang merong condom. 'Yun pala pag tinanggal mo talagang wrapper siya ng condom," said Health Undersecretary and FDA officer-in-charge Eric Domingo.
"We consider this an adulterated product kasi ang produkto niya ay pagkain, no? In fact, it's a confectionary for children," he added.
In addition, the FDA verified that the lollipops are not authorized by the agency and have not been issued Certificates of Product Registration.
The FDA on Tuesday released an advisory warning the public "not to purchase the aforementioned adulterated products which may pose a health risk to consumers."
According to the agency, the materials used as food product wrappers are different from those used in non-food packaging.
"Kung hindi ka makasigurado talaga doon sa safety ng produkto. Kaya pag ganito, we always advise dthe public na 'wag munang bilhin," Domingo added.
The lollipop manufacturer, MM Lucky Multisales Corporation, was given ample time to recall its products from stores.
Though GMA News tried to get their comment by visiting the corporation, the management present said no one available was authorized to give a statement.
"Kung hindi pa rin sila mag re-call, then tayo na mismo ang nagko-confiscate atsaka nagkakaroon ng seizure activities. Dukutin sila ng FDA," Domingo said. — Joahna Lei Casilao/BM, GMA News