Manufacturers oppose DTI’s proposal to put ‘warning’ label on SSBs
The proposal of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to put a ‘warning’ label on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) was faced with criticism among manufacturers.
Manufacturers argued that such proposal is like adding insult to injury as they are already losing money from the impact of excise tax on SSBs.
Nevertheless, they agreed that sugar content in the label should be prominently displayed in the front of the product, a Manila Bulletin report showed.
Right now, the DTI is now in consultation with stakeholders and Food and Drugs Administration to discuss the sugar content labeling requirement.
“To ensure consumers are properly informed, Lopez said the label will indicate sugar grammage content per pack like ‘This pack contains ____ gm sugar or _____gm per serving (200ml)’,” the report further said.
According to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, the SSB industry said they are open to the idea “as long as there is no ‘Warning’ sign”.