When shopping for your child’s baon at the supermarket, be sure to read the label properly. You might end up giving your kid an alcoholic drink without knowing it. Alcopops, or ready-to-drink flavored drinks that have an alcohol content of 3% to 7%, are being sold in our local supermarkets and come in packaging that make them look like they are juice drinks for kids.
At a Senate ways and means committee meeting on August 15, 2019, Senator Pia Cayetano said she wants manufacturers to pull out the alcopops from stores and repackage their products to avoid confusion with drinks intended for kids.
“Some of the supermarkets I’ve been to have a section for alcohol beverages. This one is [placed] beside the juice for kids. For some nasa alcohol section, sa iba sa juice [section] and it is easily available in convenience stores, in groceries,” she said. “May straw pa,” the Senator noted, implying that the alcopops, which come in doy packs, mimic the look of juice drinks for kids.
Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said he learned that alcopops are registered, but are not regulated.
“These are actually registered products and it is very bothersome that products have evolved but the regulation hasn’t evolved. It’s time really for us to look into this,” he said.
Senator Cayetano also called on the manufacturers to “do what is morally right.”
“Mananawagan ako sa matitino at maayos na businessmen na siguro naman sarili n’yong anak hindi nyo paiinumin niyan, whether sari sari store, grocery store. Hindi kailangang antayin na may ilabas na regulations ang DOH at FDA for us to know that children should not be drinking products that are supposed to be sold to adults,” she addressed them.