Congress urged: Review food safety law after lambanog deaths

Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 25 2019 08:44 AM

A congresswoman is urging Congress to review the law regarding food safety following the deaths of 15 people and hospitalization of 300 others after drinking lambanog or locally produced palm wine. 

Laguna 3rd District Rep. Sol Aragones said stricter regulation should be implemented in making and selling of lambanog.

"Maghahain tayo ng resolusyon sa Kongreso na kung maaari ay mareview ang existing na batas na may kinalaman sa anumang produktong itinitinda at repasuhin din kung kinakailangan ang ating mga equipment sa pagtest ng anumang produkto para matiyak ang kalidad ng produkto bago ito ilabas," she said.

The province of Laguna has temporarily banned the sale of palm liquor, locally known as lambanog, following deaths in one of its towns due to the consumption of the alcohol. 

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the backyard distillery who distributed the deadly liquor may face criminal charges. 

Last year, 15 people died in Sta. Rosa, Laguna after drinking lambanog. The liquor maker, Bossing Lambanog, was fined P1.9 million.