FDA Warning against unregistered Green Barley
A press release dated September 20, 2013 from Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Philippines. The FDA warning entitled FDA Advisory No. 2013-037 | Public Warning on Unregistered “Green Barley – A Total Food” advice the public not to patronize or buy the product “GREEN BARLEY – A Total Food” which is a powder drink.
This product has been distributed by Health Wealth International Corporation and manufactured by Global Partners Incorporated. The product has a price of Php 275 to Php 300 per bottle. It is sold in a plastic bottles and contains a powder form. The Green Barley claims several health and therapeutic benefits.
The Health Wealth International Corporation
The Health Wealth International Corporation claims the product has therapeutic properties that include dengue, cancer, diabetes, leptospirosis, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, rhinitis, impotence, goiter, arterial venous malformation, pre-menstrual tension, menopausal complaints, frequent urination, and myoma.
Further claims such as healing wounds and treating skin diseases like fungal infections by applying the powder juice on the skin. The distributors advised buyers to drink one bottle for a week or two, and for serious disease one bottle a day.
FDA Warning to Green Barley
According to FDA Philippines, Green Barley is making false health and therapeutic claims as shown in its advertisement, both in print and digital media,” FDA head Kenneth Hartigan-Go said in FDA Advisory 2013-037 dated Sept. 20.
Mr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go further said that “All field Food and Drug Regulation Officers are already instructed to seal, inventory and confiscate Green Barley and other unregistered food supplements and report them to the FDA for appropriate regulatory and legal action“.
He added that Green Barley has “unapproved health claims”. In the FDA website showed the product is unregistered with the agency.
FDA Head Kenneth Hartigan-Go
Initial findings also showed the registration number Green Barley claims to be using (BFAD FR-64136) as food product was issued in 2007 and expired in 2009.
Mr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go explicitly mention that “The product has been denied registration twice because they cannot fully comply with the FDA Rules and Regulations. Although Global Partners Inc. submitted an application for a new Certificate of Product Registration to the FDA Center for Food Regulation and Research on September 2, 2013, this is still under evaluation and is not yet authorized to market”.
Because of this, he advised consumers to remain vigilant against unscrupulous traders and retailers of food supplements who are make such deceitful claims.
He also advised them to check if a product is registered by logging on to the FDA website and typing in the name of the product in the search bar.