Following the death of 10 people in Laguna attributed to local drink lambanog, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday warned consumers to check if the alcoholic drink they want to buy was approved safe for consumption by the agency.
Lambanog is a Filipino alcoholic drink made by distilling palm wine or tuba.
FDA Director General Nela Charade Puno noted that the lambanog drinks involved in the separate cases of suspected poisoning were not registered with the agency.
“If the product is registered (with the FDA), you can find the food registration number in the label,” Puno said, adding the consumers can check the list of registered products on the agency’s website.
The fatalities were from two separate incidents in the cities of Sta. Rosa and Calamba in Laguna province.
Police reports said the two groups of men did not know each other, but investigators found they all had taken the same brand called “Bossing Tumador.”
The victims reportedly suffered from dizziness and partially lost their eyesight before they died.
Initial tests by the FDA confirmed that samples of lambanog involved in the suspected poisoning were positive for methanol, a highly poisonous substance.