NBI raids jelly factory using 'magic sugar'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 25 2011 08:58 PM | Updated as of Aug 26 2011 04:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Organized Crime Division on Thursday raided the premises of Jelly World Manufacturing Corporation in Catmon, Malabon because the factory is allegedly using a banned chemical in its products.

NBI agents arrested 4 Chinese inside the factory, including the alleged owner.

Authorities earlier had Jelly World products Cham Little Cup Pudding, Cham Jelly Pudding Fruit Juice Flavor, and Cham Little Cup Crystal Fruit Jelly tested for sodium cyclamate or magic sugar.

All the 3 producted tested positive for the illegal chemical.

During the raid, NBI agents caught factory workers red-handed cooking the jelly products laced with magic sugar.

Sacks of the chemical were also discovered inside the factory.

Jelly World employees denied using magic sugar.

However, they admitted that they don't know the chemicals they are using because the items are brought in sacks with Chinese writing that they don't understand.

The factory and its officials face charges of violating Republic Act 3720 or the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act. - report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News