The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday warned the public against buying and eating Bongbong's piaya, a Negros Occidental delicacy, as failed to undergo the agency's evaluation process.
The agency said that the particular piaya, made with unleavened bread filled with muscovado, is not FDA-registered. It's similar to what happened to Reno liver spread in 2020, which was pulled out from store shelves for being unregistered, not necessarily for food safety. That issue was later resolved.
It also warned against the purchase and consumption of Bongbong's polvoron, Sloan's Food Products barquillos short, Mayo Bay Tablea, and Ruffa's banana chips.
"Since these unregistered food products have not gone through evaluation process of the FDA, the agency cannot assure its quality and safety," it said.
FDA reminded the public to check if a product is registered with the agency to ensure food safety and quality by visiting the FDA Verification Portal.