August 14, 2019
SEN. Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay has called for a Senate investigation, in aid of legislation, on the proliferation of condiments made with synthetic acetic acid, a banned substance.
Binay introduced Senate Resolution 31 following a report that 8 in 10 vinegar brands sold on the market are “fake,” or made from synthetic acetic acid instead of natural sources.
Synthetic acetic acid is a by-product of petrochemicals and is a raw material for making vinyl, among other products. Synthetic acetic acid is a banned substance in the Philippines.
Researchers from the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DoST-PNRI) used isotope-based analytical techniques to determine that from more than 360 brands of vinegar in the Philippines, 8 in 10 are made from synthetic acetic acid.
According to Raymond Sucgang, head of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) Nuclear Analytical Techniques Applications Section, condiments usually undergo the process of fermentation, and raw materials must come from fruits and other natural products.
The natural vinegar coming from plants will have traces of carbon with natural radioactivity, unlike those made from synthetic raw materials.
The PNRI team’s research project distinguishes vinegar and other condiments made from natural or plant-based sources from those that are derived from petroleum-based sources.
The Science and Technology department said brands of soy sauce, fish sauce and ketchup would also be tested.
The Food and Drug Administration said in an advisory in June that vinegar made of synthetic acetic acid must not be sold to the public.
Binay said Congress, through relevant legislation, should guarantee the safety of food products in the Philippines through strict monitoring before they are sold in the market.
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