FDA warns public against consumption of Cem’s honey
The Food and Drug Administration has warned the public against the consumption of the unregistered Cem’s Honey that is being distributed in the market.
FDA issued advisory no. 2016-073 dated July 7 advising the public against consuming or buying eight products that claims to be honey or honey-based under the brand name Cem’s Honey.
The eight products the FDA identified are: Cem’s Honey Superior Brand, Cem’s Honey Prime Brand Superior Honey, Cem’s Honey with Calamansi, Cem’s Dark Amber Honey Tropical Honey, Cem’s Honey Raw Wild brand, Cem’s Honey Orange, Cem’s Honey Gold, and Cem’s Honey Vinegar Apple Cider.
“The public is hereby warned that the abovementioned products are not registered with this Office. Furthermore, no Cem’s honey product is registered with this Office,” the FDA said.
Some consumers have gone to Facebook as early as last year, urging their friends not to take Cem’s Honey saying it is fake honey.
“To be able to satisfy the standard term for ‘honey’, the product being sold must not have added to it any food ingredient, including food additives, nor shall any other additions be made other than honey,” the FDA said.
“The labels of all prepackaged food are required to declare the appropriate and true nature of food and must not bear any misleading, deceptive, and false claims in their labels that will provide erroneous impression on products’ character or identity. Hence, honey that has undergone cook treatment and with added ingredients or flavorings must not be labelled as ‘honey’…Such claim will make the product misleading and deceitful.”
The FDA ordered its field workers to exercise their regulatory functions and requested local government units and law enforcement agencies to ensure that the products are not sold in their localities or jurisdiction.