Check health risk of excess food

A GOVERNMENT nutritionist expressed apprehension on the quality of food that will be given to poor families after a bill was filed that aims to address clamor for available source of food.

Dr. Ma. Teresa Ungson National Nutrition Council (NNC)--Davao Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC), expressed her concern over the possible risks and health issues that stored excess food brings.

"Food safety concern kasi siyempre hindi dahil dukha sila kung ano-ano nalang ang ipapakain sa kanila. Tao din yan sila,” Ungson said in an interview with SunStar Davao.

Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV filed Senate Bill No. 357 or Zero Food Waste Act last Friday, which targets to build food banks where food businesses would transport their excess food for distribution to poor families.

Ungson said there should be an assurance the food that will be distributed are still good for consumption.

“They are workforce in the Philippines you know, we have to give good food pa rin to these people,” she said.

She also emphasized that people behind the proposed law must ensure their guidelines pertaining to the quality of food that will be distributed.

“Ayusin nila yong guidelines kung paano nila pipiliin yong food na pepwedeng ibigay,” she said. “There are some food items that could get bacteria agad-agad, especially those with so much sauces."

“So I don’t think it’s like 100 percent healthy for us as a nation because ‘yong dole-out is still there, I think I will still go for the Department of Agriculture thing that you plant, you produce your food or you work," Ungson said.

“Give them jobs, make them capable of buying the food that they're supposed to eat. Give them the knowledge so that they can produce their own food. Mas doon ako kesa sa leftovers na," she added.

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