By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
People who are managing school canteens were reminded by the Department of Health (DOH) to make sure that they are selling the right “color” of food, based on the guideline released by the Department of Education (DepEd).
In an interview, DOH Supervising Health Program Officer Luz B. Tagunicar told operators of school cafeterias to make sure that they are following the guidelines issued by the DepEd which categorizes the food in three colors: green, yellow, and red.
“Iyong DepEd nagpalabas na sila ng bagong guideline. They categorized iyong mga binebenta sa school canteens. Merong green, may yellow, at red,” she said.
Tagunicar said the food under the “green” category can be sold every day; the “yellow” can be sold once or twice a week; while those under the “red” must never be sold in schools.
“Iyong ‘green’, ito yong mga gulay, fruits, root crops, that they prepare freshly,” she disclosed.
“Ang nasa ‘yellow’ ay lilimitahan. Siguro, once or twice a week lang [ibebenta sa canteen]. Kasama iyong processed na pagkain plus iyong mga mataas ang sugar, kagaya ng champorado, banana cue. Processed, tocino, longganisa,” she added.
On the other hand, the food under the “red” category are the “highly processed” and are high in sugar and fat.
“Highly processed tapos mataas sa sugar and fat; kagaya ng mga sugar-sweetened beverages gaya ng soft drinks, mga nasa tetra pack na juice, even powdered juice,” she noted
Tagunicar said the school canteens were given only a few months to comply with the guidelines.
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