The Americas – Argentina: Regulations of the Law for the Promotion of Healthy Eating are published

The regulation of Law No 27,642 on Promotion of Healthy Eating was published in the Official Gazette through Decree No 151/2022.

The Decree describes that the use of front labeling with black octagonal graphic warning system on packaged products “turns out to be the most visible, understandable, clear and effective to identify critical nutrients in excess, transmit a greater perception of health risk and a better performance to reduce the intention, both of consumption and purchase in the Argentine territory”.

The Decree describes that the use of front labeling with a black octagonal graphic warning system on packaged products “is the most visible, understandable, clear and effective way to identify critical nutrients in excess, to convey a greater perception of health risk and a better performance to reduce the intention of both consumption and purchase in the Argentine territory”.

Relevant aspects

  • The criteria of the nutrient profile model are set according to the following cut-off points for critical nutrients (added sugars, saturated fat, total fat and sodium) and/or sweeteners and/or caffeine and/or calories, according to values proposed by PAHO, and other types of warnings such as the presence of sweeteners or caffeine.
Cut-off points for critical nutrients, sweeteners and caffeine
  • Within its scope are included the market players that manufacture, produce, process, fractionate, package, entrust to package or manufacture, distribute, market, import, that have put their brand or integrate the value chain and marketing of food and alcoholic beverages for human consumption” throughout the country.
  • Processed foods and beverages must bear black octagons of at least 5% of the size of the main face of the container when its composition exceeds a minimum threshold in each of these components.
  • Commercial premises or points of sale, whether physical or online” are also obliged to comply with the law.