The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday reissued its warning against a coffee product from Indonesia that is being sold locally despite a ban over its sale and distribution.
The FDA previously warned consumers of health risks on the consumption of Sehat Badan, which is being marketed as a health supplement that is purportedly effective against arthritis.
It initially issued its warning in January and July 2014.
The coffee product contains substances like dexamethasone, paracetamol, diclofenac sodium and ibuprofen.
Similarly, the Indonesia National Agency of Drug and Food Controlalso warned in 2013 against the consumption and illegal distribution of Sehat Badan and other products manufactured by PJ. Nyior Koneng, which it said is an unlicensed Indonesian food manufacturing firm.
The FDA said the the misuse or chronic use of dexamethasone, a prescription steroid, can cause gastrointestinal bleeding, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, obesity and dyslipidemia, among others.
Also, the misuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like paracetamol, ibuprofen and diclofenac sodium could lead to kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding and increased cardiovascular risks, among others.
“Anyone found selling the said product will be penalized… Likewise, all government units and law enforcement agencies are requested to ensure that this product is not sold or offered for sale in their localities or area of jurisdiction,” the FDA stated.
Selling and importing non-FDA approved products to the public violates Republic Act 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009.
The local FDA reissued the warning over reports that Sehat Badan is still being sold in the country and on shopping websites.
Earlier this year, the advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition spotted several boxes of the banned product being unloaded at the Victory Lacson Underpass in Quiapo, Manila.
It retails for P270 to P300 a box.
The Manila Times recently spotted several health supplement kiosks in malls in Manila, Quezon City and Cebu City openly displaying the banned product.