FDA detects unregistered dust mite spray sold in supermarkets

November 15, 2013 10:13 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found an unregistered dust mite spray said to be an anti-allergy spray being sold in shelves of big supermarkets.

Called the Allercon Dust Mites Spray, the product manufacturer or distributor remains unknown, but the name Fourth Horizon Corp., Q.C. Philippines is printed on the label.

According to the FDA, upon verification, Fourth Horizon Corp. has no FDA License to Operate.

The supplier of the product violated the FDA Act of 2009 (RA 9711), which prohibits the manufacture, importation, exportation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, non-consumer use, promotion, advertising, or sponsorship of any health product that is adulterated, unregistered or misbranded.

Aside from being an unregistered health product, the product label is misleading, the FDA noted.

“Dust mites reproduce very rapidly and should be contained immediately. They can only be eradicated and prevented by the active ingredient in Allercon Dust Mites Spray. (Tannic Acid 2 pct),” the label indicated.

FDA said that tannic acid is a synthetic product that comes from tannin, an astringent compound that can break down some proteins.

Tannic acid does not kill the mites, but it may neutralize the allergic protein from the fecal waste of dust mites.

Manufacturers should apply for a Certificate of Product Registration and submit a bio efficacy study to FDA for evaluation before making the claim of "eradicating and preventing" dust mites, the FDA noted. (PNA)

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