Legislator wants restaurants to have more honest menus
The House of Representatives of the 15th Congress, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte administered the oath of Rep. Anthony Del Rosario (left) of the 1st District of Davao del Norte who, due to a heart ailment took his oath a year after his election. photo: Pecto Camero, MRS-PRIB,
With the aim to steer the public towards healthier food choices, Davao del Norte congressman Anthony del Rosario filed a bill requiring restaurants and fast foods to bare nutrient contents of foods they serve.
Del Rosario, who himself has a history of heart ailment, cited that fast foods are a big part of an average Filipino diet. As a result, Filipinos tend to eat high- calorie and not- so- healthy food.
He said this is because most people are ill-informed of the calorie and nutritional content of the food they eat.
“This leads to a pattern of unhealthy eating and eventually causes obesity and myriad of health problems,” said del Rosario.
As a solution, the Congressman wants the consumers to be aware of the nutritional values of the food they take in.
“Mandatory disclosure and display of nutrition information for food offered on the menu and menu boards of restaurants and fast food chains will not only help minimize the health hazards that over consumption of calories and poor nutrition can cause to the public, it will also be a significant step toward achieving health consciousness among Filipinos,” he said.
Aside from the disclosure of calorie and the total fat content of the food items, the saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total and complex carbohydrate, sugar, dietary fiber, and total protein content should also be displayed.
Part of the bill states that violators will be charged a fine of between P20,000 to P100,000.