By Analou De Vera
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday said that five vinegar products were “found to contain synthetic acetic acid.”
The FDA identified the vinegar brands that contain synthetic acetic acid as Surebuy Cane Vinegar, Tentay Pinoy Style Vinegar, Tentay Premium Vinegar, Tentay Vinegar ‘Sukang Tunay Asim,’ and Chef’s Flavor Vinegar.
“Following the current Administrative Order prescribing the Standard of Identity and Quality of Vinegar, any artificial matter such as synthetic acetic acid or any cloudifying agent deems the vinegar adulterated hence, it must not be sold to the public,” the FDA said in its advisory No. 2019-144.
Meanwhile, the FDA reiterated that “the presence of synthetic acetic acid is not a safety issue and does not pose any health risk to consumers as this only means that the vinegar is of substandard quality.”
“The presence of synthetic acetic acid merely represents that the vinegar did not undergo fermentation, either through a slow process, quick process, or submerged culture process which is used for commercial vinegar production,” the agency added.
The FDA said that it will conduct an inspection of the manufacturing facilities of the said vinegar brands.
“All concerned regulated establishments are reminded to follow and strictly comply with quality standards in the production of vinegar. Inspection of manufacturing facility shall be done to further verify whether the producers of the above products use synthetic acetic acid,” it said.
“Appropriate regulatory action shall be imposed on those non-compliant establishments found violating current standards, rules, and regulations of the FDA,” the agency warned.