The FDA, in its Advisory No. 2016-088 issued and signed by OIC-Director General Maria Lourdes Santiago, said that doing so can lead to experiencing acute poisoning or even death.
The advisory explained that the presence of the substance cyanide in the silver cleaner products inspected can pose imminent hazards and danger to the health of both humans and animals.
The cyanide found positive in the said products is classified as poisonous and can be rapidly absorbed by the body through inhalation, ingestion and dermal absorption.
The warning came after the FDA found three silver cleaners positive of the toxic chemical cyanide.
The FDA said they found Unisilver’s Silver Dip, Silver Sparkle Flat Silver Dip, and Cleanse Silver (Copper) Cleaner as being positive of the presence of cyanide after samples of the product were tested.
To date, at least two establishments inspected by FDA’s Common Services Laboratory yielded positive results for the presence of cyanide from the samples collected.
In line with this, the FDA reminded the public that when buying silver cleaners, the consumers must be mindful of several details in the product label.
The health agency advised consumers to avoid buying those without instructions in English and/or in Philippine dialects.
The FDA said the public must also be mindful of the contents of the product label by checking that it bears the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, distributor, or seller as well as common or usual name of the chemical name.
The agency added that the labels must bear the statements such as "DANGER" or "WARNING" or "CAUTION"; "Do not take internally," "Avoid breathing dust," “Avoid contact with eyes and prolonged skin contact," "Use only in a well-ventilated area;" and "Keep Out of Reach of Children."
As a first aid treatment, it is necessary to call for a physician immediately.
Meanwhile, all the field and regulatory FDA officers have been ordered to continuously monitor all available silver cleaners in the market.
All the local government units (LGUs) and law enforcement agencies are requested to ensure that the above mentioned brands are not sold or made available in their localities or areas of jurisdiction.
The public is also enjoined to monitor in the market and report any suspicious promotional or marketing activities for silver cleaners availability in the market by clicking www.fda.gov.ph in its E-report section found in the upper right corner of its website and accomplish the form. (by Leilani S. Junio)