Twenty-seven associations and companies of the Spanish fruit and vegetable sector request the improvement of the draft Royal Decree, which is currently being developed by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, to reinforce healthy eating among children.
The regulation (twentieth additional provision) will allow companies to relabel products whose composition has been reformulated as long as the availability of certain resources is compromised for supply reasons.
Operators will therefore be able to use adhesive labels or stickers, ink-jet printing or other equivalent systems. The mandatory requirement is that they contain updated information on the ingredients replacing those previously used.
Front-of-package symbols appear to have had an effect on breakfast cereal consumers in Chile, prompting them toward healthier products, according to new research.
The study, by an American and an Israeli researcher, looked at consumption patterns in Chile, the country with the most advanced front-of-pack warning label system. In 2016, Chile mandated symbols for food products with high levels of sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories. The symbols are hexagonal, like stop signs, and the warnings read “Alto en [nutrient]”; the Spanish word alto means both “high” and “stop.”
The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition publishes the preliminary report of the final evaluation of compliance with the agreements of the collaboration plan for the improvement of the composition of food and beverages and other measures 2020.
The reformulation or improvement of food composition is one of the public health measures recommended by the European Union (EU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve the food environment and facilitate healthier choices.
As of April 6, Resolution No. 165 of March 10, 2022, “which establishes the general and sanitary requirements to be met by foods that are, contain or are derived from genetically modified organisms”, will no longer be in effect.
According to Resolution No. 219 published in the Official Gazette, which indicates that the suspension is due to the fact that the General Directorate of Public Health informed that the content of Resolution No. 165 is under review and public consultation, for which reason it was considered to leave it without effect.