Around the World – Spain: Government facilitates changes in sunflower oil food labeling

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has issued a set of exceptional and temporary measures to allow changes in the labeling of foods containing vegetable oils or fats in order to facilitate relabeling by the industry due to the shortage of sunflower oil due to the war in Ukraine.

The Americas – Perú: Government to evaluate proposal to amend milk and dairy products regulation

The Minister of Agrarian Development and Irrigation announced that the Peruvian Association of Dairy Farmers (Agalep) has submitted a proposal to amend the regulations on milk and dairy products to establish the use of fresh milk in the production of evaporated milk in the industry.

The Americas – Costa Rica: United Nations promotes front labeling of products high in fat, sodium and sugar

The United Nations urged Costa Rica to identify products high in fat, sodium and sugar through front labeling. It also invited the Legislative Assembly to develop a new bill to move forward on this issue, given that bill #22.065 was recently shelved.

Nydia Amador, member of the Asociación Costa Rica Saludable, explained that in July 2020, bill 22.065 was presented to the legislative stream: “Law of front labeling of prepackaged food and non-alcoholic beverages, to facilitate the understanding and decision making of the consumer, on the content of critical nutrients and ingredients that, by their excessive consumption, represent risks to the health of people”.

Around the World – Spain: OCU describes the decree that will prohibit food advertising as a great advance

The consumer organization (OCU in Spanish) has described as “enormous progress” the Royal Decree on Food Advertising aimed at minors, to collect the main points defended by entity in its campaign ‘No to the ads empacho’, as the ban on advertising unhealthy food to children under 16 years or the use of influencers and celebrities to promote their consumption.