Philippine gov’t agencies discuss ‘fake vinegar’ today
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), an agency under the Department of Agriculture (DA), will lead an inter-agency meeting this afternoon to address the issue on fake vinegar being sold in the local market.
The meeting will be held the BAFS office in DA Central Compound in Quezon City and will be led by BAFS Director Vivencio “Choy” Mamaril.
Invited to attend the meeting were the Department of Health’s (DOH) Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and its research agency Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
DOST PNRI scientist Raymond Sucgang, who led the team which tested several vinegar brands using nuclear technology, was asked to be present.
The study conducted by Sucgang’s team showed that 8 out of 10 vinegar brands sold in the market use the fossil fuel-based synthetic acetic acid which could pose health problems to consumers.
“The meeting is expected to set the standards for vinegar sold in the market while at the same time identifying the brands using acetic acid in the manufacture of vinegar,” Piñol said.