FDA warns public vs banned silver jewelry cleaners with cyanide

Published May 3, 2021, 4:16 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday, May 3, reminded the public of the ban of silver jewelry cleaners containing cyanide.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

In an advisory, the FDA reiterated the ban of all silver jewelry cleaners containing cyanide to avoid the potential risks of cyanide exposure to human health.

The country’s food and drug regulatory agency explained that cyanide is a highly toxic chemical which may be inhaled, absorbed through the skin or ingested accidentally or deliberately even at small doses.

It warned that exposure to cyanide may result to dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, restlessness and weakness or may lead to respiratory failure, loss of consciousness and possibly death, among others.

The FDA said cases of poisoning from silver jewelry cleaners which had signs and symptoms possibly linked to cyanide poisoning were documented by the National Poison and Management Control of the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital up to last year.

“In light of the foregoing, the public is advised not to purchase the aforementioned household/urban hazardous substances products,” the FDA said.

The agency reminded the public to always check if a product is registered with the FDA by using the FDA Verification Portal via https://verification.fda.gov.ph.

The FDA also urged law enforcement agencies and local government units to ensure that banned products are not sold or made available in the market or in their respective jurisdictions.