FDA warns against alkanine, oxygenated water scam

FDA warns against alkaline, oxygenated water scam
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has observed the proliferation of stalls in the malls and other strategic places offers for equipment or devices that would change tap or bottled water into "alkaline" or "oxygenated" water.

Vendors make declarations and promises to potential buyers that "alkaline" or "oxygenated" water removes every known chronic disease condition, acts as a strong antioxidant, slows the aging process, and promotes the greater absorption of nutrients.

They also claim that alkaline water is rich in oxygen and that increased amount of oxygen boosts physical performance.

Although the FDA recognizes The United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/292 (2010), which guarantees the right to safe and clean drinking water, therapeutic claims made on drinking water as a ploy to promote and market water must be substantiated through valid clinical trials.

It is a violation of RA 9711, otherwise known as the FDA Act of 2009, to sell or offer for sale or use purification devices that allegedly produce water known as "alkaline water" or "oxygenated water" and make therapeutic claims without a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR).

Vendo-type outlets or re-filling stations, and those engaged in the manufacture, importation and distribution of water with therapeutic claims should secure a License to Operate from the FDA before applying for a CPR.

Consumers are advised not to fall prey to these unscrupulous vendors and peddlers. Drinking alkaline, oxygenated or ionized water does not change the blood pH level.


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