Article – The challenges of front-of-package labeling in Brazil

The Brazilian legal system has plenty of mechanisms to ensure the public right to access clear information. The Federal Constitution (FC), enacted in 1988 and known as the “Citizen Constitution,” has as its principle to guarantee the right to human dignity. Protection of consumers, as well as their inviolable right to life and safety, are guaranteed by the FC as basic rights. The FC limits the country’s economic order when establishing that its goal is to provide dignity for all Brazilians. Therefore, economic development cannot put people at risk, and its processes must be aligned with principles of goodwill and balance between consumers and suppliers. Collectively, FC establishes that health, food, and youth protection are social rights; hence, the government is responsible for providing policies for its implementation.