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Trading Firm Face Charges for Altering Production, Expiration of Products in Laguna

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed charges against trading firm in Laguna for allegedly altering production and expiration of their products.

The Consumer Act of the Philippines and the Food Safety Act have been charged against executives and employees of a trading firm in San Pedro, Laguna. This comes after officials learned that they were tampering with food product production and expiration dates.

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The accusations were made against Indian nationals Jiten Lalwani and Naresh Kunmar, executives of Market Reach International Resources, according to NBI Officer-in-Charge Director Eric B. Distor. Argel Joseph Jarasa, the firm’s manager, and Bernard Bonina, the firm’s production supervisor, were also charged, according to Distor.

The NBI said in a statement that those FDA (Food and Drug Administration) officials and staff involved in these illegal acts shall be charged before the Office of the Ombudsman. The names of the FDA executives and workers allegedly engaged were not disclosed in the NBI statement.

 “During the service of warrant, the operatives caught the workers of Market Reach in the act of altering production and expiry dates of food items. Inspection showed that the expiration date was erased and replaced with a new printed expiry date and production date,” NBI said.

“The operation also resulted in the seizure of boxes of various consumer food products being sold by the company, newly issued FDA License to Operate as distributor/importer/exporter/wholesaler; FDA License to operate as Cosmetic importer/exporter/wholesaler; business permits and Export Documents,” it added.

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