• Candies without certification from the Food and Drug Administration found in misdeclared shipments from China
  • Bureau of Customs found the candies in five containers after a random check of alerted shipments in Port of Manila
  • The containers were declared to contain fruit jelly candies but have assorted candies

Candies without Certificate of Product Registration from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were found in misdeclared shipments from China.

“The Bureau of Customs (BOC) found the misdeclared candies in five containers after a random check of alerted shipments in the Port of Manila on Thursday, 11 August. BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon led the team that inspected the shipments, which arrived from China on 3 August and was consigned to Jolt Aquamarine Foods Corporation,” the BOC said in a statement; noting that the shipments have a dutiable value of P 1,967,400.

According to the BOC, the containers were declared to contain fruit jelly candies. The bureau, however, found out after the inspection that the shipments have assorted candies which do not have the appropriate FDA certification.

“BOC is now more vigilant on checking items coming in the country – keeping a tight watch not only on smuggled goods but also on the safety of these products,” the bureau assured.

Apprehended firearms

Meanwhile, also in a random inspection, the BOC also apprehended high powered firearms recently. The firearms entered the country inside balikbayan boxes.

Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon said the recent passage of Customs Modernization and Tariff Act has provided increased privileges to overseas Filipino workers by granting them higher exemptions from payment of Customs duties when sending balikbayan boxes.

It was noted that the apprehension of high-powered firearms from the balikbayan boxes raised alarm on the part of the BOC.

“I am appealing to all of you not to use the names of our OFWs in order to smuggle goods into the country. Do not do this to our country and our OFWs” Faeldon urged.