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FDA registration of vinegar products with chemicals to be revoked.

By Analou De Vera

Vinegar products made from synthetic acetic acid will have their certificates of product registration revoked, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday.

"Products using such chemicals shall have their registration with the FDA revoked for misdeclaration," said FDA Officer-in-Charge Director Rolando Enrique Domingo.

Domingo said that, although synthetic acetic acid may not be harmful to human health, vinegar products should have undergone the "natural process of alcoholic or acetous fermentation of natural raw materials" as in accordance with the agency's standard.

"If the product contains artificial matter, such as synthetic acetic acid or cloudifying agent, it is considered adulterated," said Domingo.

Recently, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute- Department of Science and Technology (PNRI-DOST) reported that eight out of 10 vinegar products were not made from natural sources.

Based on the PNRI report, such products did not undergo the natural process of fermentation of acetic acid, which is the usual process of making vinegar.

"Natural vinegar is a product made from the conversion of ethyl alcohol to acetic acid. Synthetic or 'fake' vinegar, however, reportedly uses glacial acetic acid, which shortens the production process," said Domingo.

"The FDA is coordinating with the PNRI for the submission of the results of the analysis, while continuously subjecting vinegar products for testing," said Domingo.



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Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:May 21, 2019
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