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Prov’l DTI reiterates
notice vs. ‘Nagaraya’

“Stop selling recalled Nagaraya products.”

This reiteration of an earlier warning came from Department of Trade and Industry Negros Occidental Provincial Director Rebecca Rascon who also warned erring stores of possible penalties.

Rascon said the Bureau of Food and Drugs and the DTI are working together to ensure that the recalled products are no longer sold in the market.

She said stores must abide with the order as the continued sale of the recalled products is dangerous to health.

FDA announced last week that the company, "Food Industries," has recalled 160-gram packs of Nagaraya Cracker Nut Original Butter Flavor with lot number 14019 and expiry date January 24, 2015.

The recall was made after the popular snack item was found to contain an unacceptable level of Aflatoxin produced by certain molds that grow on food.

Aflatoxin is a toxic compound that can cause liver damage and cancer, FDA said in its advisory.

Meanwhile, a dialog spearheaded by the FDA, DTI and the Department of Social Welfare and Services took place recently on the issues raised by some senior citizens and persons with disabilities regarding the non-implementation of 20 percent discounts on the goods and the medicines they purchase, Rascon said.

It was emphasized during the dialog that stores refusing to give discounts to senior citizens and PWDs should be meted appropriate penalties under Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of the Philippines and the Republic Act 10524, or the magna carta for PWDS.*APN

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