The Sugar Regulatory Administration board has ordered the immediate destruction of all the remaining 9,196 metric tons of High Fructose Corn Syrup of Pepsi Cola in the country, Sugar Board Member Roland Beltran assured.
The clarification was made amid concerns raised by sugar industry leaders on the board’s conversion of 9,196 metric tons HFCS imported by Pepsi late last year from “D” or world market sugar to “B” or domestic market.
Beltran stressed that the converted HFCS would not be sold in the domestic market, it will be destroyed.
He also furnished the DAILY STAR a copy of the letter of SRA Administrator Hermenegildo Serafica’s March 27 to Sammy Dalisay, Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc. vice president, informing him that in the March 26 special Sugar Board meeting the immediate destruction of all its remaining HFCS from both its expired and unexpired inventory was decided on.
In order to facilitate the release of the 9,196 MT of HFCS for destruction, the board authorized its reclassification from “D” to “B” subject to applicable fees, Serafica added.
Serafica also told Dalisay to coordinate with the SRA Regulation Department and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the immediate and proper destruction of HFCS is compliance with existing laws.*CPG
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