FDA-banned cyanide-containing silver cleaning products.
Banned Silver Sparkle Flat Silver Dip.
Store attendant prepares receipt for banned Unisilver Silver Dip.
Unisilver Silver Dip comes free for every P500 worth of purchase in single receipt.
Totally unlabelled silver jewelry cleaner.
urged mayors and local health and police
chiefs to crack down on vendors of silver jewelry cleaners containing the
deadly cyanide compound.
public health warning from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) against
three brands of cyanide-laden silver cleaning products.
using and storing Silver Sparkle Flat Silver Dip, Unisilver Silver Dip and
Cleanse Silver (Copper) Cleaner “as these pose imminent hazards and danger to
both human and animal health” due their cyanide content.
are requested to ensure that the above-mentioned brands are not sold or made
available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction,” the FDA Advisory
to heed FDA’s request and promptly launch joint law enforcement operations to
rid the marketplace of cyanide-laced silver cleaning solutions,” stated Thony
Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect.
more consumers having access to this poison that had already fatally harmed
many people, including innocent children who mistook the clear liquid for
drinking water,” he added.
EcoWaste Coalition went to the same silver jewelry shops in a shopping
mall in Quiapo, Manila where the FDA got the said silver cleaning products and
managed to buy Silver Sparkle Flat
Silver Dip for P55 and Unisilver Silver Dip for P69. The latter is even offered free of charge for
every P500 worth of purchase in single receipt.
silver cleaner for P60 from a beads and accessories store in Villalobos
St. It also obtained a partially
labeled silver cleaner for P80 from a silver jewelry store in Carriedo St.
stores selling these highly toxic products and revoke their business permit
outright to show that he means business when it comes to protecting the public
health and safety from cyanide poisoning,” Dizon said.
which can be rapidly absorbed by the body through inhalation, ingestion and
liable to cause serious injury to human health that may lead to acute poisoning
or death,” explained the FDA.
accidental as well as deliberate intake of silver cleaning products, the
government issued Joint DOH-DENR Advisory 2010-0001 banning the sale of silver
jewelry cleaners containing cyanide and other toxic substances.