Duterte wants health warning on sugary drinks, says trade sec

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2018 02:17 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing the placement of health warnings on sugary drinks, trade secretary Ramon Lopez said Wednesday.

Lopez said Duterte found the sugary drinks to be dangerous to a person’s health and that the chief executive wants “truth in labeling and advertising.”

“He's really concerned that these products are being sold without necessary warnings,” Lopez said.

Lopez said the government will study the placement of health warning on sugary drinks such as soft drinks, powdered drinks, and energy drinks in the next one to two months.

“It will have to be the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) of the DOH (Department of Health) that will execute this policy,” he said.

“As we develop that, we have to discuss it with stakeholders.”

Under the first package of the government’s tax reform program, drinks with caloric and non-caloric sweeteners are taxed P6 per liter while those using high fructose corn syrup are charged P12 per liter.

All milk, whether powdered, ready to drink, flavored or fermented, are excluded from tax, as well as ground and 3-in-1 coffee and 100 percent natural fruit and vegetable juices, meal replacements and medically indicated drinks, and beverages sweetened with stevia or coco sugar.