Pampanga Rep. Arroyo wants labeling requirements for unclassified toys, games
With the Yuletide toy shopping to go into high gear, Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has filed House Bill 2349 which calls labeling requirements for toys and games not clarified under Republic Act No. 10620 (the Philippine Toys and Game Safety Labeling Act of 2013).
Under the proposed law, toys meant for children shall comply with the safety labeling and manufacturer’s marking requirements indicated by the Philippine National Standards for safety of toys.
“The cautionary statement required for a toy or game shall likewise apply to food items whose packaging contains any toy or game” Arroyo stressed.
The politiko, and also incumbent House Deputy Speaker, said corresponding cautionary statements in the packaging of any toy or game shall be printed clearly for materials that contain small parts, or marbles that can cause choking hazard to children under three years old.
Cautionary statements for balloons or toys or games that contain latex balloons shall be directed to the hazards that the item may cause.
Arroyo’s proposed bill also retains the provisions of Republic Act 10620 mandating that the statement must be written in common language in a conspicuous and legible way, taking into account aspects like the contrast of typography against its background, layout or color.
Also retained is the provision on the treatment of misbranded or banned hazardous substance.
The proposed law also provides that such items shall be withdrawn from the market at the expense of the manufacturer or importer and shall not be allowed to be distributed, sold or offered for sale in the Philippines until brought into compliance with the requirements of the Act.
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