Mexico – Companies consider filing complaint with OAS over food labeling regulation

In January 2023, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation must resolve the constitutionality of the new food and beverage labeling standard; however, companies are already planning to file a complaint before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a body that is part of the Organization of American States (OEA in Spanish), if the outcome is not positive for them.

Article/Mexico – Labeling of pre-packaged and pre-labeled foods has a positive impact on consumption habits

Objective: To determine if the modifications made to the NOM-051-SCFI/SSA-2010, relative to the labelling of harmful pre-packaged foods has induced changes in the consumption habits of the Mexicans.
Materials and Methods: A survey in Goggle Forms was configured to research into the consumption habits of pre-packaged foods, both previous to the introduction of the aforementioned changes in the NOM-051-SCFI/SSA-2010 norm, and with the norm in force. Significant differences were determined by a paired Student’s t test.
Results: The consumption pf pre-packaged foods was significantly reduced during NOM-051-SCFI/SSA-2010 norm’s force (p≤0.0001). Nonetheless, the majority of the surveyed population still thinks that healthier pre-packaged foods must be introduced into the market, rather than having the labelling norm in place.
Conclusions: Food labeling has been detected to improve the consumption habits of the surveyed population, inducing a significant reduction on the consumption of labelled foods.

Article – What do packaging labels tell us about industrialization and the brazilian  reality? – an interdisciplinary report

The purpose of this work was to explore the packaging labels of products consumed in everyday life by students, seeing them as textual and geographic and biological information genres and thus, through them, introduce the curricular contents in ten (10) 1st year classes of the Integrated Technical Education of CEFET-MG, in Belo Horizonte – MG, Brazil, in an interdisciplinary view in the subjects of Geography and Biology. Topics concerning the progress of industrialization in the Brazilian territory and the quality of products were discussed, especially those consumed by the population (nutritional data and its technical vocabulary, processing of industrialized foods, malnutrition and food exports, expansion of agribusiness…), associating them with the movement of globalization of the world economy. Among the topics studied, we also highlight: history and spatialization of industry, transformation of geographic space, stages of Brazilian industrialization, urbanization, concentration of infrastructure, consumer market, internationalization of the economy, labor qualification, degree of nationalization by industrial sector, privatization, industrial decentralization, precariousness of labor rights, among others. Exercises were carried out based on the data collected using printed maps, in addition to the use of the Google Earth app, devices used to locate industries in the country, which also contributes to a better perception of cartographic images. In a didactic investigation that combined prosaic resources – packaging labels – with geotechnology – the Google Earth application, the need for diversification of instruments and methodologies used in the classroom is evidenced, which together with adequate planning can help students to achieve meaningful learning, as happened in this reported experience. The theoretical-methodological foundations that guided this work are present, especially, in the theories of David Ausubel and Jerome Bruner.