/ 9 April 2021

CAMARINES Sur Representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. filed a measure that seeks to protect children from food that could choke them.

In House Bill 9107 or the proposed Food Choking Prevention Act, Villafuerte said that a choking warning label must be placed on food to alert parents of its danger.

“Parents need to be aware of food choking danger. Manufacturers should take the first step and place warning labels on their food,” he said in his explanatory note.

House Bill 9107 mandates the establishment of the Office of Choking Hazard Evaluation under the Bureau of Food and Drugs.

The OCHE will be authorized to require informational labels on food that pose a demonstrably high choking risk to children.

The OCHE shall also have mandatory recall authority of food that could be hazardous to the general public.

It shall also produce educational materials on food choking hazards, precautions, and life-saving procedures that shall be provided to pediatricians and hospitals to be distributed to patients aged 14 years old and younger.