RA 10611: Food Safety Act of 2013

AN ACT TO STRENGTHEN THE FOOD SAFETY REGULATORY SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY TO PROTECT CONSUMER HEALTH AND FACILITATE MARKET ACCESS OF LOCAL FOODS AND FOOD PRODUCTS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Objectives

a. Protect the public from food-borne and water-borne illnesses and unsanitary, unwholesome, misbranded or adulterated foods;

b.Enhance industry and consumer confidence in the food regulatory system; and

c.Achieve economic growth and development by promoting fair trade practices and sound regulatory foundation for domestic and international trade

Important Features

1. Department of Health and Department of Agriculture as responsible for developing and enforcing food safety regulatory measures.

2.Local Government Units as responsible for the following:

  • Sanitation on public markets, slaughterhouses, food caterers/restaurants, and public eating places
  • Implement the Code on Sanitation of the Philippines

3.Delineates and links the Food Safety Responsibilities of the DA, DOH and LGUs

  • “Farm-to-Fork” Approach
  • “Integration and not Duplication”

 

4.Creation of the Food Safety Regulation Coordinating Board (FSRCB)

  • Integration of Food Safety Systems
  • Crisis Management
  • Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed

 

5.Food Business Operators (FBOs) are primarily responsible for the safety of food

  • Safety
  • Responsibility
  • Traceability
  • Transparency
  • Emergency
  • Prevention
  • Co-operation

6.Strengthening of Penalties and Sanctions for Violative Acts by both the Food Business Operators and the Government

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