Tulfo pushes for Health Rating System in packaged food products

Tulfo pushes for Health Rating System in packaged food products

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Raffy Tulfo filed a measure to use a health rating system in packed food products to provide the necessary information on the food people choose to consume and help save them from life-threatening diseases.

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the importance of health and wellness; this includes comprehensive knowledge of the food individuals consume,” Tulfo said.

“Undeniably, people who maintain a healthy diet will have a lower risk of serious illnesses and enjoy a better quality of life,” an explanatory note of Senate Bill (SB) No. 1684 said.

The Health Rating System measures the overall nutritional profile of packaged food products from one “1” (the least nutritious) to five “5” (the most nutritious).

Malignant tumors, diabetes, and illnesses of the heart, vascular system, and respiratory system are among the main causes of mortality in the Philippines, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

It can be recalled that Tulfo has expressed worry about the high sodium content of canned sardines and instant noodles, which are popular among low-income families who are unaware of the risks to their health.

(Amado Inigo/MTVN)

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