Food Regulatory

Regulatory Update: Philippines’ FDA Updates New Dietary Standards for Prepackaged Food Labels

Philippines: On 07 September 2023, the Food and Drug Administration published guidelines on the adoption of 2015 Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI) Percent Recommended Energy Intakes/Recommended Nutrient Intakes (%REI/RNI) as the new dietary standard of all prepackaged processed food repealing Bureau Circular No. 16 s. 2005 entitled “Adopting the 2002 Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes as the New Dietary Standard”

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

  1. The 2015 PDRI on %REI/RNI is adopted and shall be used replacing %RENI in the regulation of all processed food products.
  2. All previous issuances containing %RENI such as Bureau Circular No. 16 s. 2005, Office Order No. 22 s. 1991, FDA Circular No. 2012-015 and other related issuances shall be replaced by %REI/RNI.

 

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES:

  1. Percent (%)REI/RNI shall be used in the nutrition information of the prepackaged processed food products following the Recommended Energy/Nutrient Intake levels prescribed by FNRI in replacement of %RENI.
  2. The statement “Based on PDRI 2015” shall be used in the Nutrition Facts/Nutrition Information of prepackaged processed food products.
  3. Computation of energy and nutrient levels of products intended for general population shall be based on caloric requirements for male, 19-29 years old, and children, 6-9 years old if intended for children, unless specified for a specific age and/or sex group. The age group used as basis computation shall be declared below the Nutrition Information table.
  4. Except for general population, when the product is intended for 2 or more age groups, age group with the highest values for energy and nutrients shall be used, i.e. products intended for 13-18 years old (13-15 and 16-18 years old), recommended values for male, 16-18 years old shall be used.
  5. Computation of iron level for general population shall be based on iron values for male, unless the product is intended for female, the iron values for female shall be used.
  6. For the purpose of computation on the levels of fibre, 25g based on the recommended range 20-25g for adults and the upper boundary of the recommended range for children shall be used.
  7. There is no RNI for Sodium thus, recommended sodium limit shall be based on WHO Guideline on Sodium Intake for Adults and Children (2012).

Reference:

  • Republic of the Philippines Department of Health Food and Drug Administration. (2023). Adoption of 2015 Philippine Dietary Reference Intakes (PDRI) Percent Recommended Energy Intakes/Recommended Nutrient Intakes (%REI/RNI) as the New Dietary Standard of All Prepackaged Processed Food Repealing Bureau Circular No. 16 s. 2005 Entitled “Adopting the 2002 Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intakes as the New Dietary Standard” (FDA Circular No. 2023-009).