The government should strictly implement rules and regulations on imported products, especially food and farm produce, so as not to put the consumers’ health at risk.
The government is quite “relaxed” in enforcing import rules, said Laban Konsyumer, Inc. (LKI) president Victorio Mario Dimagiba, who is a former trade undersecretary.
Dimagiba shared the sentiments of trade and food safety expert Jhunafe Ruanto, who expressed concern over imported food products being sold in the market even though they lack English or Filipino translations in their labels.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) requires proper labeling of imported products, which must bear English or Filipino translations of their contents.
Earlier, Ruanto warned consumers against buying products with no English or Filipino translation in their labels, saying they could be smuggled goods that do not meet the safety standards of the Philippine government.
Dimagiba said these goods should not be in the market as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would not issue them product registration unless they are properly labeled.