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.