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Why you should get an FDA permit

It\\\'s a requirement.
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So you’ve mastered that famous family recipe or have carefully perfected the ins and outs of your dream food business. Don’t pop the champagne bottles just yet.

Before you are able to bring that product to market, you have to secure certain permits and certifications from the government. The good news is it’s not running a gauntlet, but still it’s a process that requires enough preparation and patience.

[related|post]Every single food product sold in the local market requires a certification from the Food and Drugs Administration, an office under the Department of Health. The FDA, based in Muntinlupa City, is the government agency tasked to ensure that food and drugs sold in the local market are safe for consumption.

Industry players say that realistically, securing an FDA certificate requires a lot of patience but is nevertheless worth the trouble.   

Pacita Juan, founder of the ECHOStore stresses the absolute necessity of an FDA certificate. “It’s important for institutional clients,” says Juan, adding that it is a seal of the company’s good housekeeping.

Sharing his experience in securing an FDA certification, another industry player says the process requires patience. “Mine took about six months,” says Roberto Muñoz, president of Murasarap Foods, manufacturer of sautéed shrimp paste or gin sang bagoong in bottles and in sachets. “Based on my experience, it takes about six months to get a certification because there is a queue. A lot of people are securing FDA certificates,” says Muñoz.

Separately, he says, FDA technologists need to go to the applicant’s factory, plant or laboratory to check on its facilities. “They will go and check your place. Everything will be checked,” Muñoz says. This is necessary to secure a license to operate. He adds that every single product would need to be evaluated. “An FDA certificate is necessary for every product,” Muñoz explains.

In order to meet the FDA requirements, Muñoz sought the expertise of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The DOST provides training and seminars on food processing. In his case, Muñoz needed to learn how to prolong the shelf life of his food products without using preservatives. He also sought assistance on the safe and practical ways of labeling and packaging his products. He says that what he learned from the DOST helped him in getting his FDA certification.


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