Food sellers asked to label food served to customers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 June 2012 14:14

Muslims and other people whose religious beliefs forbid the eating of pork need not have to worry if they go to eateries in this city.

This, after the City Council approved a resolution last May 16, 2012 requesting  owners, managers or operators of restaurants, hotels, carinderias and other food stalls to classify and categorize the food they serve to people.

Councilor Gerky Valesco, author of the resolution, stressed the need for this food sector to identify the contents of their cuisine if it contains pork, chicken, fish, beef, shrimps and other foodstuffs.

Valesco emphasized this measurre will help prevent the Muslims and other people who don’t want to eat pork from accidentally eating what they consider as a forbidden food (Haram).

“Let us be sensitive to the Islam faith likewise to Christians whose religious doctrines also do not allow them to eat pork, as well as those who have health problems like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol,” Valesco said.

The councilor from Sta. Maria said he observed that food business is briskly expanding in the city and many people from different religions are patronizing.
“Oftentimes we are also invited to weddings, baptisms, birthdays and other functions wherein in the buffet settings, we usually hear people ask the waiters the content of the food, thus the importance of the resolution,” Valesco said.

Valesco said copies of the resolution have already been transmitted to the office of the Mayor and also furnished to the different food business establishments, City Health Office (CHO), Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry. — KS