Reno lovers are breathing a sigh of relief! The liver spread brand can return to the market after it secured product registration from the Food and Drug Administration, the regulatory agency’s head said on Friday, October 16, 2020.
Reno’s makers earlier apologized to the FDA and said it would secure a certificate of product registration as required. The document is a new requirement under the Food Safety Law.
“Itong liver spread wala nang kulang na dokumento at pumasa sa ating panuntunan (This liver spread no longer lacks documents and passed standards),” FDA director-general Eric Domingo told TeleRadyo.
On September 16, Filipinos, who treat liver spread as a pantry staple, were caught off guard when FDA issued a "public health warning against the purchase and consumption" of Reno.
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Everyone wondered whether it meant it was unsafe to consume (and why we were just hearing about it now). Eventually, we learned that Reno was told in 2017 to register with the FDA but failed to comply. Until 2013, when the Food Safety Act took effect, Reno only needed to register with the National Meat Inspection Commission, not the FDA.
The agency uncovered Reno had not submitted the missing requirement in early 2020. Short on inspectors, FDA thought a company as big as Reno would have complied and discovered later it did not. So the liver spread was included in the list of food products that came with a public health warning.