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Standardized labeling for kids' toys, games sought

Manila (30 November) -- Lawmakers have moved to standardize the labeling requirements for certain toys and games of children to protect them from potential hazards to health and safety.

Rep. Diosdado M. Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) and his mother Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) filed House Bill 1221 to provide the requirements for special labeling of consumer products.

Arroyo said the State has declared it a policy to protect the interest of children and promote their general welfare.

In order to achieve this, he said, the State shall provide safety and quality standards for consumer products by requiring that a consumer product for children be marked with or accompanied by clear safety warnings or instructions.

"A law that would protect children against hazards and safety and the provision of adequate rights and means of redress is imperative," the younger Arroyo said.

Under the measure otherwise known as the "Toy Safety Labeling Act of 2010," the packaging of any toy or game intended for use of children who are less than ten years old shall bear or contain the cautionary statements if the toy or game includes a small part and is manufactured for sale, offered for sale or distributed in commerce in the Philippines.

The bill provides that any cautionary statement shall be displayed in its entirety, on the principal display panel of the product's package and on any descriptive material which accompanies the product.

In the case of bulk sales of such a product, when unpacked, the cautionary statement should be displayed on the bin. Likewise, the container for retail display of the product and any vending machine from which the unpacked product is dispensed and displayed should bear the cautionary statement written in English or Filipino or both, in conspicuous and legible type in contrast by typography, lay-out, or color with other printed matter on the package, descriptive materials, bin, container and vending machine.

A balloon, ball, marble, toy or game that is not in compliance with the requirements of this Act shall be considered a misbranded or banned hazardous substance and shall be withdrawn from the market at the expense of the manufacturer or shall not be allowed to be distributed, sold or offered for sale, the bill states.

The penalties provided range from P10,000.00 to P50,000.00 and imprisonment of two years.

The bill directs the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to promulgate the regulations of this Act in accordance with the provisions of RA 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines on labeling.

It also mandates the DTI to regularly publish the list of all manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers who failed to comply with the requirements of this Act. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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