Tuesday, September 30, 2008

All in a day's work for BFAD

Last Saturday night, while listening to AM radio, the anchor talked about the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) releasing a list of milk products that it will check for possible melamine contamination. It must have been a slow night, because she started reading the names of the products in the list. I thought to myself, this anchorwoman can mislead listeners who might think that these products are already tested positive for melamine contamination.

I would normally be critical of such a move by any government agency, since it is tantamount to condemnation without the proper proof or findings. But I'll make an exception in this case, absent a showing of malice on the part of BFAD.

As I've said in a previous post, this is a very sensitive matter, because it can be most detrimental to the children. It is thus better to err on the safe side. It is too bad for the companies affected, since their sales will most likely take a hit. But surely they will understand that it is BFAD's job to ensure the safety and quality of the products being released in the market.

Trabaho lang.

Photo: Marc van der Chijs, Flickr, Creative Commons

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