Colombia – Court orders Ministry of Health to incorporate changes in labeling of ultra-processed foods

The Administrative Court of Cundinamarca ordered the Ministry of Health to modify the resolution on front labeling. Ultraprocessed foods must have a black octagonal warning with the word excess.

The Court issued a first instance judgment in order to resolve the lawsuit filed by the Colombian Corporation of Parents, Red Papaz, against the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, the Administrative Department of the Presidency of the Republic, the Communications Regulation Commission, the National Institute for the Surveillance of Medicines and Food, the National Television Authority, Alpina Products Alimenticios S.A. and Gaseosas Tobón S.A.

The court decided to protect the right to public health of Colombian consumers arguing that the front warning labeling has a greater effect in capturing attention and risk perception.