Articles – Chile: Study: Front-Pack Symbols Affect Buying

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, Chilean food symbolsChile 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.”