P6-million worth of beauty, whitening products seized in Cavite

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2018 01:56 PM

MANILA - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CIDG Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division (AFCCD) have raided two warehouses in Bayan Luma, Imus, Cavite and confiscated P6 million worth of unregistered beauty and whitening products.

FDA and CIDG operatives presented the search warrants to the following respondents, Gina Galanote, Eric Galanote, Jestoni Brans and Hayne Fineza -- all residents of Bayan Luma 3, Imus, Cavite.

According to FDA Chief of Regulatory Enforcement Unit Ret Gen Allen Bantolo, they received information that the group operated a multi-million online business selling unregistered beauty products.

“Result of 3 months case buildup. It all started with an information about a group of individuals na masasabi na nating it’s a syndicate, involved in multiple million business yung selling online, unregistered cosmetic products,” Bantolo said.

(This is the result of 3 months of case buildup. It all started with an information about a group of individuals that said it could be a syndicate involved in multiple million business of selling unregistered cosmetic products online.)

CIDG AFCCU Chief, Supt Raymund Liguden said the cosmetic products are a big hit online.

“Pinaka-come on nila, pampaganda, pamputi, pero we found on na hindi rehistrado sa ating gobyerno. Hindi pa na-test ng ating tamang ahensiya. Hindi sigurado kung safe ba sa aming health ang mga produktong ito,” Liguden explained.

(They sell it as beauty, whitening products, but we found out that these were not duly registered. These were not tested by the correct agencies. It is uncertain if these are safe.)

Some of the products recovered during the raid were Goree soaps and lotions.

The FDA already issued a previous warning to the public against the use of Goree products due to their high mercury content. Authorities said there were reports of customers who burned their skin or had allergies while using Goree products.

“Very hazardous sa health talaga. Yun ang findings ng laboratory. Dahil meron na siyang public advisory at meron siyang seizure orders, isa sa mga naging basis ng aming investigation," said Bantolo.

(This is very hazardous to the health, that was the finding of the laboratory. The public advisory and seizure orders were the bases of our investigation.)

"May mga naging biktima na ang Goree, may criminal case. Despite meron ng public advisory, they keep on selling, clandestine pa kaya hindi mo ma-detect , mahirap i-monitor,” he said.

(A victim of the Goree product filed a criminal case. Despite the public advisory, they kept on selling and kept it clandestine so it was difficult to detect and monitor.)

Authorities recovered the following products:

- Balm
- Dexe All Design Fit Lip Bomb
- Whitening Sun Cream
- White Body all Skin
- Diane-35
- Dexe All Design Fit Lip Smooth
- Miracle Kasoy
- Castor Oil, and various whitening products.

Meanwhile, another raid in Divisoria resulted in the confiscation of the following products:

- Lip and Cheeck Tint M.A.G. Genta
- Basaya Girl Contouring Palette
- Lip and Cheek Tint Peach
- Dark Red Old No. 7 Brand Lip and Cheek Tint
- Rejuvenating Set Pink Blush Skin Essentials Sunblock Pink Cream
- Rejuvenating Set Pink Blush Skin Essentials Rejuvenating Toner
- Rejuvenating Set Pink Blush Skin Essentials
- Kojic Acid Soap and
- Chroma Celloshine Color Treatment.

CIDG said the stall owners in Divisoria claimed that their licenses to operate are being processed.

“Sinasabi ng may-ari, on process pa raw ang application nila yung license to operate for them to be authorized to sell these kinds of products in the market, certificate of product registration, hanggang ngayon wala pang maipakita,” Liguden said.

(The owner said their application for a license to operate and be authorized to sell these products was still being processed. They are yet to present anything.)

FDA said the unregistered cosmetic products are sold online leaving the consumers vulnerable especially when they have complaints about the sold goods.

The stall owners and online store operators will be charged with violation of FDA law.