The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public warning against the use of a cosmetic product being sold online by the company of actress Toni Gonzaga and her business partner Winnie Wong.
The warning under FDA-Advisory-No.2020-2188 came as the agency found that POUF! Everyday Cologne Spray has no valid Certificate of Product Notification.
“Potential hazards may come from ingredients that are not allowed to be part of a cosmetic product or from the contamination of heavy metals. The use of substandard and possibly adulterated cosmetic products may result to adverse reactions including, but not limited to, skin irritation, itchiness, anaphylactic shock and organ failure,” the FDA said in the advisory.
It added: “All FDA Regional Field Offices and Regulatory Enforcement Units, in coordination with law enforcement agencies and Local Government Units, are requested to ensure that violative products are not sold or made available in the market or areas of their jurisdiction.”
POUF! is a product line owned and marketed by TGWW Everyday Lifestyle Studio, a company whose name comes from the initials of the actress and TV host and Wong who is also a vlogger. TGWW was registered as a firm that is supposed to sell only bags, notebooks, and toiletries.
The said company’s office is indicated in the Pouf label: #7 North Park Kawayan Street, Forbes Park, Makati.
The product and the company are included in the list of brands being complained by consumer group Action for Consumerism and Transparency in Nation Building (Action), which said that cosmetic products are being peddled online, without bothering to get licenses from the FDA.
A check with online shopping site, Shopee, shows that Pouf! is still being sold on its popular platform.
FDA Director General Eric Domingo said those who sell cosmetic products without government license and registration could be criminally charged for violation of Republic Act 8711, or the FDA Act of 2009.
Under Section 12 of the said law, violators of the act could suffer the penalty of imprisonment ranging from one year but not more than 10 years or a fine of not less than P50,000 but not more than P500,000.
“The FDA reminds all concerned that it is illegal to sell registrable and notifiable drugs, food products, medical devices, cosmetics, toys, child care items, and household substances without proper authorization,” Domingo said.