Fastfood junkies take heart: Health department readies standards

MANILA, Philippines – Guilt-free chow-downs coming soon?

Standards are currently being drafted for what is expected to be a voluntary program, said Frances Prescilla Cuevas, national program manager of the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s Degenerative Disease Office.

“The program is to accelerate our promotion of healthy lifestyles. We are working with the National Nutrition Council and other private partners to create standards for food products like hamburgers,” Ms. Cuevas said.

The program entails adhering to nutritional standards set by the DoH. Each fastfood chain is encouraged to voluntarily apply and will be urged to reformulate products to suit the certification.

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