BANGKOK – The New Year holidays are a season of giving good and healthy gifts to loved ones. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is recommending the general public select food products bearing the Healthier Choice symbol as gifts ensuring good nutritional value.
The FDA yesterday held an event promoting food products with Healthier Choice symbols as New Year gifts. There are now some 1,442 items certified with the Healthier Choice symbol, available at supermarkets, shopping malls, health stores, and grocery stores.
The FDA Deputy Secretary General Poonlarp Chantavichitwong, said today that healthy food items with good nutritional value, help reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease.
He said those looking to purchase gift baskets should make sure all the food items they contain have labels showing the name or product type and expiration dates. The label should not have been removed from the product, allowing recipients to check the expiration date. Canned products should have no dents, swelling, leakage, or any sign of rust.