FDA cautions public vs. grated coconut possibly contaminated with salmonella

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, (PNA) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started investigating food manufacturer, Diwa Product Ltd., which was reported to have imported grated coconut from the Philippines possibly contaminated with salmonella.

The FDA also cautioned the public from buying Diwa grated coconut products as initial investigation showed that the product is not registered with the agency.

According to the FDA, the salmonella (bacterium) might cause infection as it is usually found in feces of man and animals that found their way during handling or processing of food.

Livestock and poultry meat, milk, vegetables, and eggs are often exposed to salmonella, the FDA said.

Symptoms of the disease caused the salmonella, salmonellosis include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps which are observable usually 12 to 72 hours after infection.

Consumers were advised to see their doctors when they feel ill after eating food contaminated with samonella or suspected of any food intoxication.

Meanwhile, the FDA urged manufacturers to therefore observe personal hygiene, sanitary food handling and comply with Good Manufacturing Practice to prevent food contamination.

They were also requested to register their respective products before exporting to other countries.

Processed food products that are contaminated with physical, chemical and biological hazards should not be offered for sale or for consumption, the FDA noted.

It also urged the public to report food processors or manufacturers that are not compliant with FDA rules and regulations by sending an email at @fda.gov.ph.