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SECTION 25. Appropriate Use. – Containers and labels shall be designed to provide the necessary information about the appropriate use of the products within the scope the Code and in such a way as not to undermine, or equate it to, breastfeeding.

SECTION 26. Content. – Each container/label shall contain such message, in both Filipino and English languages, and which message cannot be readily separated therefrom, relative the following points:

a) The words or phrase “Important Notice” or “Government
Warning” or their equivalent;

b) A statement of the superiority of breastfeeding;

c) A statement that there is no substitute for breastmilk;

d) A statement that the product shall be used only on the advice of a health worker as to the need for its use and the proper methods of use;

e) Instructions for appropriate preparation, and a warning against the health hazards of inappropriate preparation, and

f) The health hazards of (the use) unnecessary or improper use of infant formula and other related products including information that powdered infant formula may contain pathogenic microorganisms and must be prepared and used appropriately.

SECTION 27. Infant Feeding Warning. – Food products within the scope of this Code marketed for infant feeding, which do not meet all the requirements of an infant formula but which can be modified to do so, shall carry on the label, a warning that the unmodified product should not be the sole source of nourishment of an infant.

SECTION 28. BFAD’s Authority. – The labels of food products within the scope of this Code shall, in addition to the requirements in the preceding paragraphs, conform to the rules and regulations of the BFAD.

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