The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clarified on Thursday that the manufacturer of the popular liver spread brand Reno has failed to secure a certificate of product registration (CPR).
“This year, FDA inspectors collected samples of Reno Brand Liver Spread for verification of their CPR. Upon extensive search of FDA databases, the mentioned liver spread failed to secure a CPR,” the agency said in a statement.
“Thus, the FDA has a responsibility to inform the public, through an advisory, that Reno Brand Liver Spread is not registered as of this date as a processed food product and must secure the required authorization from this office,” it added.
The agency on Wednesday, September 16, issued an advisory against five unregistered food products, wherein the known liver spread brand was included. Since these products are not registered, the FDA said that it “cannot assure its quality and safety.”
The FDA issued a clarificatory statement after some people expressed concern if the said popular liver spread product is safe for consumption.
It noted that it requires “two types of authorizations before any processed food products can be released in the Philippine market.”
“The first is the License-to-Operate (LTO) which is an authorization granted to manufacturers, repackers, importers, distributors, wholesalers, traders who passed FDA guidelines such as Good Manufacturing Practices,” it said.
The agency said that after being issued an LTO, the food business operator is “required to secure another authorization” which is the CPR.
“The evaluation process for CPR entails checking of the safety and quality of a respective product with applicable standards and issuances,” it said.
The FDA noted that the manufacturer of the Reno liver spread has an existing LTO as food repacker.
“In 2017, the company applied for the variation of their LTO to include their product line as manufacturer of processed meat products. Upon inspection of the FDA, the company was granted approval of the LTO as manufacturer,” the FDA said.
“FDA inspectors instructed the company to secure CPRs for their products, including Reno Brand Liver Spread,” it added.