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Claim: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle is endorsing Barley Grass Powder, a product claimed to have various health benefits.
Why we fact-checked this: A post from an alleged Facebook account of Tagle shows the former Manila archbishop holding a cup of Barley Grass Powder. The post has 108 likes as of writing and includes a link to an online store.
The bottom line: The product Barley Grass Powder is using Tagle’s image without his permission for the misleading ad. The Facebook account that posted the photo is not Tagle’s official and verified account.
“Peace! We would like to inform the public that Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle is not endorsing products like creams, etc. We request the public to report pages circulating such misleading information. Thank you.”
Not FDA registered: Barley Grass Powder from the brand Navitas Organics is not registered in the Philippine Food and Drug Administration list of approved food products.
Previous false claims: The same brand has also used the images of actresses Sharon Cuneta and Jessy Mendiola for its misleading weight loss ads.
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– Lorenz Pasion/Rappler.com
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