• Duterte wants health warnings placed on sugary drinks
  • The President wants the warnings placed in front of the product, not at the back
  • The FDA and DOH would execute the policy

President Rodrigo Duterte wants sugar-sweetened drinks to carry health warnings so that consumers would be guided.

According to ABS-CBN News, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said the President wants truth in advertising as he finds sugary drinks pose health risks to consumers.

“He’s really concerned that these products are being sold without necessary warnings,” the trade secretary said during a Malacañang press briefing on Wednesday, June 20.

“Sabi niya kailangan may warning ang mga produkto na ‘yan para guided naman ‘yung bibili at tatanggap,” Lopez added.

[He said those products must have warnings so that consumers would be guided]

When told by Cabinet members during a meeting that consumers could find out about the sugar content of products usually at the back of the packaging, President Duterte said more obvious health warnings must be placed in front of the product labels.

Sugar-sweetened beverages (Image from Science and your Health)

“What he wants to say now, there should be warning, like for cigarettes: ‘This can be dangerous to your health.’ So the President has a directive that there should be warnings in these sugar-sweetened beverages. If high sugar, it should say, ‘containing high sugar,'” Lopez said.

Lopez said the placement of health warnings on sugary drinks will be studied in the next one or two months. He said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH) would execute the President’s directive.