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article imageFilipino lawmaker aims to limit soda drink sizes

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By Paul Iddon     Aug 9, 2012 in World
As Filipinos suffer the effects of floods caused by torrential rains across their country, a lawmaker there has raised another problem: he wants pass a bill that aims to limit the size of soda drinks.
ABS-CBN News and Sun Star report that Magtangoi Gunigundo of the Valenzuela City Representative filed House Bill 6341 (also known as the Soda Regulation Act of 2012) seeking to prohibit the sale of soft drinks which are 16 ounces or more per container.
Mr. Gunigundo expresses his dismay at the fact that regular eight-ounce soda cans contain five heaped tea spoons of sugar when he pointed out that "any health provider would simply recommend that adults consume less than six teaspoons of sugar a day while kids, only three teaspoons. Health authorities have warned that excessive intake of soda, which some say is habituating, can send one's blood sugar shooting up."
The proposed bill will impose trade regulations and put in place stricter implementation of the marketing of such products.The bill states that it will be mandatory to post factual health contents, the products sugar content on such soda's containers and bottles. Mr. Gunigundo also stated that bottles be labeled with something along the lines of "important notice," so consumers will be drawn to the factual overview of their products contents. The bill also calls for another warning that would say; "Drinking soda causes obesity and diabetes."
Mr. Gunigundo stated that it is the states responsibility to protect the right to health of the people of the Philippines as stipulated in that country's 1987 constitution. He referenced a study carried out by the country's Department of Science and Technology (DOST) which says that obesity is on the rise among Filipino adults.
The regulation acts rules and regulations will see to the imposition of a six-year imprisonment and/or fine of P100,000 on any violators if this proposed bill is passed.
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