Unregistered toxic household insecticides are rampantly sold in the country despite a ban imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Consumer watchdog EcoWaste Coalition found out that they are being sold in at least 65 outlets in Divisoria, Quiapo, and Santa Cruz in Manila.
“We are saddened by the vendors’ open defiance to a directive meant to prevent people’s exposure to hazardous substances in synthetic insecticides,” said Thony Dizon, coordinator of EcoWaste “Project Protect.”
Last week, the FDA warned the public against buying nine brands of aerosol insecticides, seven brands of mosquito coils, and one brand of insect repellant, all unregistered and “harmful, toxic, and imminently dangerous to human and animal health.” In a letter to the FDA, EcoWaste Coalition identified the brands and the outlets where the harmful insecticides are sold.
The group said it managed to buy banned household insecticides from P65 to P85. These products are Baolilai Aerosol Insecticide, Big Bie Pai Aerosol Insecticide, Big Bie Pai Extra Power Flying Insect Killer, Butiki Water-Based Multi-Insect Killer, General Toad Aerosol Insecticide, Read a Dream Insecticide, Sun Universe Frogking Insecticide Aerosol Lemon, Tianshi Insect Killer, and Wawang Frogking Insecticide Aerosol.