EcoWaste Coalition Raises the Alarm Over the Dumping of Smuggled Household Insecticides with Cypermethrin


The EcoWaste Coalition, a watchdog group for public health and
the environment, sounded the alarm over the proliferation of 14 unregistered
cypermethrin-containing insecticides, mostly from China, in the local marketplace.
The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), which has jurisdiction over household
hazardous substances such as insecticides for domestic use, had previously warned
that “these (unregistered) products did not pass the safety and efficacy
assessment” and are “harmful, toxic and imminently dangerous to human and
animal health.” 
As stated in the FDA Advisory 2015-001, “cypermethrin is a broad spectrum
insecticide which kills target and non-target beneficial insects as well as
susceptible animals, especially aquatic organisms.” 
“The unchecked sale of aerosol insecticides with cypermethrin as an active
ingredient by retailers in public markets, sidewalks and budget shopping malls
has become a ubiquitous sight as if these products are legal and safe,”
lamented Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect.
For example, the sale of the cypermethrin-containing Baolilai, Big Bie Pai and
Tianshi insect sprays banned by the FDA
in January this year goes on unabated, making a brazen mockery of the
government’s regulation, noted the EcoWaste Coalition. 
“More disturbingly, we have seen new brands of 
cypermethrin-containing insect killers mushrooming at popular bargain
hubs such as Baclaran, Divisoria and Quiapo. 
All of these come in tall colorful aerosol cans with some items even deceivingly
showing angel and cherub images on the labels,” Dizon added.
From June 10-13, the group conducted test buys in Caloocan, Makati, Manila,
Marikina, Pasay and Quezon Cities to verify the availability of unregistered
household insecticides laced with cypermethrin.
As the group told the FDA through a letter sent today, the following 14 cypermethrin-laden
household insecticides have found their way to various retail outlets without
the required market authorization from the agency:
1.  Angel Insecticide Aerosol (Lemon), 2.  Angel Insecticide Aerosol (Rose), 3.  Bidia Aerosol Insecticide, 4.  Boclliai Aerosol Insecticide, 5.  General Toad Aerosol
Insecticide, 6.  Jin Ma Insect Killer
(Jasmine), 7.  Jin Ma Insect Killer
(Sunflower), 8.  Kingever Aerosol
Insecticide, 9.  Kingever Insect Killer,
Palaka Insecticide
Aerosol, 11.  Sargent Mosquito, Flying
Insects and Small Crawling Insects Killer, 12. 
Power Boss
Aerosol Insecticide, 13,
Tang Shi Insect Killer and 14.  Txaksi Insect Killer.
“If we fail to put a stop to this dangerous trade, we might end up wiping out all
insects, including the good ones, and even poisoning our children,” he warned.
Dizon cited a 2014 incident as reported by the National Poison Management and
Control Center based out of the Philippine General Hospital involving a
three-year old boy who experienced abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea after
spraying himself with a banned Big Bie Pai insecticide.
To put an end to this preventable threat to animal and human health, the
EcoWaste Coalition urged the government to intensify regulatory action against
the smuggling of toxic household insecticides.
Specifically, the group, as stated in their letter, requested the FDA to:
1. Issue a new public warning to caution
consumers against buying unregistered household insecticides, particularly
those containing cypermethrin, citing their potential adverse effects to health
and the environment and the penalties the will be meted out to violators. 
2.  Swoop down on retailers selling the
unregistered household insecticides in coordination with the  National Bureau of Investigation and the
Philippine National Police.
3.  Enlist the support of business and
industry associations to ensure that the unauthorized household insecticides
are not offered for sale in shopping malls, public markets and in the streets.
4.  Put out paid announcements in print
and broadcast media to ensure that the FDA’s public health warning against
toxic household insecticides reaches every Filipino’s home.  
The EcoWaste Coalition also requested the Bureau of Customs to intercept the
entry of such hazardous goods  into the
country’s ports.
“Our country is not a dumpsite for such toxic products,” the group emphasized.