A health and environmental watchdog has
slammed the continued sale in Metro Manila of insect killers tagged by the
government as “toxic household insecticides” as it called on consumers to
reject the unauthorized products as a precaution against exposure to
harmful chemical ingredients.
Coalition made the warning after conducting market surveillance over the
weekend to determine if these “toxic household insecticides” banned by the Food
and Drugs Administration (FDA) last year are still available in the market.
On 28 August 2013, the FDA banned several unauthorized insecticides,
including 9 aerosol insect killers, 6 brands of mosquito coils, an
anti-cockroach powder bait, and an insect repellent spray for being
“harmful, toxic and imminently dangerous to human and animal health.”
Last Thursday, 27 March 2014, the FDA advised consumers to buy only household
pesticides that have marked authorization issued by the agency, which has
jurisdiction over household hazardous substances.
“Our market watch shows that banned
insecticides, which did not pass the FDA’s efficacy and safety assessment, are
widely sold from P60 to P90 in blatant disregard of the government’s order prohibiting their
sale,” said Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project
“The illegal aerosol insect killers and mosquito coils are sold with impunity
all over Metro Manila. You can easily buy them on the sidewalks, market
stalls, discount stores and even in some Chinese drug stores that uninformed
consumers buy, oblivious to the health and safety risks,” he said.
To stop the continuing trade of such “toxic household insecticides,” the
EcoWaste Coalition urged the government to conduct massive consumer information drive and to confiscate the illegal products in the interest of human and animal
It specifically asked the local health and police authorities in all of Metro
Manila’s 16 cities and one municipality to lead such drive, and ensure the
environmentally-sound storage and disposal of the confiscated products.
Based on the surveillance conducted by the EcoWaste Coalition’s AlerToxic
Patrollers, the attractively-packaged insect killers in aerosol cans are easily
available in 168 and 999 Shopping Malls and Lucky Chinatown Mall Annex in
Divisoria and various retail stores in Quiapo and Sta. Cruz, Manila; Sacramento
Market and Kingston Plaza in Guadalupe, Makati City; Marketplace in Mandaluyong
City; Baclaran Super Mall in Parañaque City; Baclaran Terminal Plaza Mall,
Merwin Pakyawan Center and Two Shopping Center in Pasay City; Pasig Mega
Market in Pasig City; Commonwealth Market in Quezon City; Agora Market in San
Juan City; Taguig People’s Market in Taguig City; and in Barangay Poblacion in
the municipality of Pateros.
Among the banned aerosol insecticides that are still being sold include
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
The AlerToxic Patrollers also found other unauthorized insecticides, particularly
in Baclaran and Divisoria, including Angel Insecticide Aerosol, Goldeer
Insecticide, Kingever Insect Killer Spray and MG Mega Dream Insecticide.
Other banned items found on sale were BaoMa mosquito coil and Green Leaf
Cockroach Killing Bait Powder.
Photos documenting the illegal sale of the proscribed household insecticides
are available at http://ecowastecoalition.blogspot.com