- DOST-PNRI said that 8 out of 10 vinegar brands in the PH are “fake”
- They added that most brands have synthetic acetic acid
- There results of the study will be forwarded to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) said that some local vinegar bands are “fake.” KAMI learned that upon the research, the institute found synthetic acetic acid in the said vinegar brands.
In a report by the Manila Bulletin (author Dhel Nazario), the researchers used isotope-based analytical techniques to study more than 360 local brands of vinegar.
Raymond Sucgang of the PNRI Nuclear Analytical Techniques Applications Section said that natural vinegar should have traces of carbon with natural radioactivity. However, this is different from those made of synthetic raw materials.
The results of the research will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It could be a new basis for the Vinegar Standards of the Philippines.
In 2018, the Philippine Star (author Rainier Allan Ronda) reported that about 70 percent of the vinegar being sold in the country are “fake.”
“The prices of the synthetic blends can be so low that they do not allow any price competition with the available authentic vinegars,” Sucgang said.
However, the science and technology department did not list the brands containing synthetic acetic acid as of posting.
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