Bauko enacts food products expiration label ordinance

BAUKO, Mountain Province - All food stuff producers in the municipality will have to indicate expiry date in their products.

Members of the Municipal Council recently enacted Municipal Ordinance No. 011B known as “Bauko Food Products Expiration Label Ordinance”.

The ordinance is pursuant to Section 447 (5) of Republic Act 7160, which mandates to regulate the preparation and sale of foodstuffs for consumption within the territorial jurisdiction of the municipality.

It mandates any person – natural or juridical, private or public establishments, associations, organizations and all those who are producing and or manufacturing food products within the municipality to indicate in their label the expiry date of their products.

Products to be labelled include all kinds of bread, pastries, processed meat, lumpia, siomai, chips, bibingkas, jams, jellies, butters and the like; and all water based or drinking products such as soya, carrot, buko and other forms of drinks.

It is important to label “Best Before” inclusive date of expiration all products manufactured and produced in the municipality to caution the consumers and secure health of every constituent, the SB stated.

The Municipal Health Office is tasked to monitor the implementation of this ordinance.

Anybody who violates the provisions of the said ordinance shall be fined and pay the amount of P1,000 for the first offense; P1,500 for the second offense; P2,000 for the third offense; and P2,500 and imprisonment of one month likewise cancellation of the business license for the succeeding offenses. (Juliet Saley/PIA-CAR)

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