Manila Health Department Intensifies Drive vs Contraband Hazardous Products (Health Advocates Team Up with Sanitation Inspectors to Rid the Market of Banned Products)

The Manila Health Department (MHD) swooped down on Divisoria vendors
selling unregistered imported insect killers that can pose risk to human and animal
On Thursday, MHD teamed up with the EcoWaste Coalition in conducting the market
inspection targeting household insecticides and mosquito coils that are being
sold without the required Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) product registration.
The joint MHD-EcoWaste operation led to the seizure of six boxes of banned
Baolillai, Big Bie Pai and Butiki insecticides in aerosol cans and one box of
Butiki mosquito coils that were taken from retailers at M.D. Santos St. and
from 698 Mall along Sta. Elena St..
Banned household insecticides were also seen at discount stores in 168 and
Lucky Chinatown Malls prior to the inspection, but were hidden away by vendors
before the law enforcers came.   
The EcoWaste Coalition, a non-profit watchdog group promoting chemical safety
and zero waste, had earlier alerted the MHD about the unlawful sale of such
products at Annex B of Lucky Chinatown Mall and adjacent streets.  
Leading the combined MHD-EcoWaste team were Hilario Villegas, District Sanitary
Officer and sanitary inspectors from District III Health Office, as well as
police officers in the area.
The FDA as early as August 2013 had warned the public against the use of  unregistered insect killers, smuggled and
dumped in the country, which have not passed the agency’s efficacy and safety
“The illegal sale of unregistered insect killers has gone on unabated,
particularly in Divisoria, Quiapo and other popular bargain hubs,” lamented
Thony Dizon, Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect.
“In fact those insecticides banned in 2013 are still openly sold in the
domestic market despite being tagged by the FDA as ‘harmful, toxic  and imminently dangerous to human and animal
health’ in blatant defiance of the law,” he added.
“Worst, the number of such contraband insect killers in the market has
multiplied as we have reported to Health Secretary Janette Garin,” he
Last August 5, the EcoWaste Coalition wrote to Garin to reiterate the need for
action to put a stop to the illicit trade of unregistered household
The group expressed optimism that law enforcement activities by the MHD and its
counterparts in other local government units (LGUs) will make a dent on the
illegal insecticide trade.
“MHD’s vigilance will surely bear positive results and we hope that other LGUs
will follow suit and clamp down on traders of such health-damaging products,”
the EcoWaste Coalition said. 
Copies of FDA advisories banning household insecticides and mosquito coils
without product registration were given to vendors for their information and