Makati gov’t confiscates beauty products sold in Guadalupe

Mara Cepeda

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Makati gov’t confiscates beauty products sold in Guadalupe
Under orders from acting Mayor Kid Peña, the Makati Health Department confiscates beauty and cosmetic products banned by the Food and Drug Administration

MANILA, Philippines – Makati Health Department (MHD) sanitary inspectors confiscated around 197 boxes and bottles of unregistered beauty and cosmetic products from stores inside the Guadalupe Commercial Complex, UNIMEC Supermarket, and Super 8 Grocery Warehouse.

In a statement on Tuesday, August 18, acting Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña Jr said he sent the team from MHD on Friday, August 14, following a complaint letter sent by environment group EcoWaste Coalition last week.

In its letter, EcoWaste Coalition said that several shops in Barangay Guadalupe Nuevo in Makati are selling beauty and cosmetic goods banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

According to Peña, he asked the MHD to verify the report because “unregistered products, especially those made of unknown ingredients and components, could pose danger to the health and even the lives of the people.”

“In view of the recent spate of food poisoning cases throughout the country, we need to be extra vigilant about products being sold in our city, particularly those that are ingested or applied directly on any part of the body,” Peña added.

The MHD inspectors confiscated the following products:

  • Jiaolin
  • Brazilian Slim Coffee
  • Body Beauty
  • Curu
  • S’Zitang Lotion Papaya
  • S’Zitang Lotion Milk
  • S’Zitang 10 Day Whitening
  • Body Beauty 5 Days Slimming Coffee
  • Leisure 18 Orange
  • Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee
  • Brazilian Slimming Coffee
  • Erna Whitening Cream
  • Curvy Slimming Orange Juice

They were being sold in the following stores: RFLC Cosmetic and General Merchandise and Rose & Fujikura General Merchandise in UNIMEC Supermarket, Rose & Fujikura General Merchandise in Super 8 Grocery Warehouse and the Guadalupe Commercial Complex, and VALS Herbal Beauty Products and Red Coco Beauty in the Guadalupe Commercial Complex.

The sanitary inspectors confiscated the products when the stores failed to present their FDA-issued certificates of registration. The confiscated items will be turned over to the FDA for testing and analysis.

Peña advised the public to always check if the products they are using have been registered under the FDA.

He also appealed to the public to report any suspicious products being sold in stores in Makati by calling the city hotline at 168 or the MHD at 870-1192. –

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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at or tweet @maracepeda.