Solon wants to make nutritional info present on menus

Solon wants to make nutritional info present on menus

By Liezelle Soriano

MANILA — AGRI party-list Rep. Wilbert Lee filed a bill seeking to put on the menu the nutritional information of the food served in the establishments amid of the problem of obesity, unhealthy diet, and insufficient nutrition among Filipinos.

Lee added that although it is mandatory to put nutritional facts on food packs, it is not implemented in restaurants.

“The health-conscious have to estimate or guess the nutritional content of meals in restaurants,” Lee said.

“Those who are less aware of the need for proper dieting are left oblivious to the nutritional values they intake, which would potentially cause detrimental effects on their health in the long run,” he added.

The lawmaker said that the measure would enable consumers to make more informed and healthier food choices, promote health awareness and proper dieting and assist consumers who are monitoring their diets or dealing with chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

He said that based on the latest survey by the Department of Science and Technology- Food and Nutrition Research Institute, an estimated 27 million Filipinos are overweight and obese.

Under House Bill No. 2421 it will be mandatory to list total grams of calories, carbohydrates, saturated fat, protein, and total milligrams of sodium on the menu.

First-time violators face a fine of P100,000; P500,000 for the second offense and P1 million for the third offense.

(AI/MTVN)

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