Gov’t told to strictly enforce food labeling

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    A food safety advocate said government should strictly enforce food labeling requirements of imported goods to ensure these are safe and are legally sourced.

    Virginia Suarez, secretary general of the Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya, said an administrative order issued by the Department of Health in 2014 requires the translation into English, Filipino or a combination of both information on the label of imports.

    “Our government is very strict on laws for exports but very relaxed in terms of imports,” Suarez said in a virtual briefing yesterday.

    Among the most common products found in the market with no proper label are rice, noodles and canned goods from China and South Korea.

    Suarez said imports with no translation are likely smuggled

    She also warned that with the country’s negligent implementation of food safety laws, the Philippines could be a dumping ground for imported items that have not passed requirements in the United States or Europe. — Jed Macapagal